Friday, February 6, 2009

Proper maintenance of infrastructure will save taxpayers money in the long run

The headlines read:· “Engineers: U.S. Infrastructure a ‘D’” - CNNMoney.com
· “Poor infrastructure fails America, civil engineers report” – CNN.com
· “Roads, Water and Basic Systems Get Grade Barely Above Failing” – FOXNews.com

And that’s just a few of the many stories written about some of the most essential functions many Americans take for granted.

All the hoopla stemmed from a recent
report card published by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The report – which is published every four years – assigned a letter grade to 15 different aspects of America’s infrastructure. TEEX found a particular interest in a few of them.

Why? TEEX’s
Engineering, Utilities, and Public Works Training Institute, or EUPWTI – focuses on the training of public works personnel from around world.

TEEX trains thousands of people every year how to build and maintain critical infrastructure. Training to maintain is the key. Proper maintenance – in almost all situations – will prolong the life and viability of a road, bridge, water-treatment facility … you get the picture.

There is no denying that proper maintenance is a tedious and costly endeavor, but there is also no denying that it is by far more cost effective in the long run.

“Many people are justifiably concerned about the upkeep of infrastructure, and problems are cropping up in those that are not maintained properly,” said EUPWTI Director Dan Gray. “Just because much of our infrastructure is aging, doesn’t mean it can’t be maintained to remain operational for years to come.”

TEEX has many courses designed to teach cost-effective and proper maintenance of infrastructure including: water/wastewater, road, bridge, electrical power, telecommunications and traffic control systems, to name a few.

In addition, TEEX’s instructors are seasoned veterans of their trade and have the knowledge and desire to help keep America’s infrastructure viable.

For more information on how TEEX can help you to maintain infrastructure, please visit our
Website or call (800) 824-7303.