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December 29th, 2008
Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure

America’s aging water infrastructure systems–some in the ground for more than 100 years–are neglected and in dire need of national and local attention.

Though largely out of sight and out of mind, these drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems provide the basis for public health and safety, economic prosperity, and quality of life.

Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure explores the looming crisis underneath our feet and how ten cities and towns (Atlanta, Boston, Herminie, PA, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C.) are trying to meet the challenges.  While the public takes system reliability for granted, cities must find the funds to rebuild eroding systems, separate sewer and stormwater flows, and protect the watershed.  Industry and environmental experts, government officials, front-line water workers and citizens reveal how their communities are working to ensure the viability of water infrastructure assets.

The 90-minute documentary, produced by Penn State Public Broadcasting (WPSU), will be available nationwide to all public broadcasting stations beginning October 1, 2008.

Visit to view the trailer and to access the companion community toolkit, intended to help facilitate discussions that extend beyond the broadcast.

  • Tim Hogan

    This sounds like a very valuable documentary, sure to excite interest here in Southern California. I hope KCET plans to show this sometime in the very near future.

  • Elaine Moebius

    Please air this documentary at WGTE TV30 in Toledo, Ohio. We live on the shore of Lake Erie and the fresh water of the Great Lakes. Water resource education for our region benefits everyone. Look forward to air date.

  • Cameron Lewis

    i greatly appreciate this program. upon viewing it,i learned how we are taking water for granted and should be paying more to fix our infrastructure. thanks for interesting programs. young america is out!!!

  • May Woody

    When is this being aired again? I am watching it now and regret I am not recording it. Our communities do not have, or never will have, a decent disaster recovery plan or greening plan without heeding the info offered in this documentary.

  • Matthew Frye

    This was a great show. I would like to have some copies of this to pass out to my customers and friends. I work for Construction Bidboard inc. in California, this documentary was beautifully executed and should be shown again in the near future. Very well done. Please let me know if you have the option to purchase a copy of this show. Thank you. Matthew Frye.
    800-479-5314 x 5170

  • Maureen

    How can I get a copy of this documentary? I’m a teacher, and this will be a hugely valuable resource for my students. Please let me know – thank you!

  • Stephanie Ayanian

    This show was produced by Penn State Public Broadcasting. To check out more broadcast times, request a broadcast from your local PBS station, and/or to buy a DVD, please visit:
    And if you would like more information, please contact:

  • Yohanna

    I miss watching the program. Where can I obtain the video or if you are going to air it again?
    Please advise
    Thank you

  • Julia Beets

    When this was aired in Kansas City there was a special edition which highlighted our City. How do we get a copy of the Kansas City segment?

  • mike

    I missed the show.I hope you rebroadcast soon.

  • Celeste

    If you are interested in a very good video regarding California and its water, I would recommend “Cadillac Desert.” I saw it 3 times in 3 different classes while at CalPoly for a horticulture degree, and each time it was as interesting as it was previously.

  • Marla

    Central Valley’s water infrastructure was turned over to outsiders long ago. Secret planning for upcoming water diversion is now coming together for development beyond Friant, possibly linked to the new Temperance Dam. Most barbaric operation in CA history. See below:

  • Sean

    It was aired in the Eastern basin of Lake Erie. I live in Mentor, OH and I saw it here about a month or so ago. Great show though, once more “awakening” the public to real problems that we will all be having to deal with. Better now than in another decade when it’ll cost 10 times as much once things seriously start to fail. Maybe the cause of some issues we’re seeing right now and can’t imagine how they’re related.
    Having grown up on Lake Erie (Port Clinton) and spent half a decade in Santa Barbara, CA I’ve seen both sides of the whole mess and I’m prepared. Also, as a pharmaceutical research scientis I’m even more in tune with the problems of rising amounts of pharm.s in our water supply. Trust me, itmay be daunting now, but soon even desalinizatino plants will become cost effective as prices start to get out of hand.
    Seems to me that water may very well replace Crude oil as a major commodity in the next ten years at the least.

  • pam coleson

    I missed the show. Can you please, please reair it.

  • Mark Hoefer

    I have heard about this program, but have yet to see it. I would hope that my local PBS station out of Reno, Nevada will get this message and air the program. With our current drought conditions in the west, it needs to be shown. Thanks, Mark

  • Jamerson Ries

    When will this air in the East Lansing, MI market? Or can this be viewed online somewhere?

  • Hollee

    I have yet to see this film. Does it discuss the implications of drugs, hormones, and toxins in the wastewater?

  • Karen Oskola

    I would like to see this program. Please let me know when in 2011 you are going to air it again. I would like to record it for my brother who works in wastewater treatment. We get PBS from channel 38, Green Bay.

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