Saving Cities From Inflow and Infiltration

Private contractor focuses on providing affordable solutions to a persistent municipal problem.

Saving Cities From Inflow and Infiltration

The crew at H&R Plumbing includes (from left) laborers Jesus Uriarte and Carlos Chavez, owner Horacio Franco, foreman Rafael Escobar and laborer David Rodriguez.

Small-business contractors like H&R Plumbing have become the unexpected saviors of West Coast municipalities over the past year. 

After the historic five-year drought — from which most of the area has only recently begun to recover — a new challenge has arisen.

Water system operators who had forgotten the impacts of a storm surge were violently reminded. “In the last year, it rained enough to make up for what we missed in the last five,” says Horacio Franco, owner of H&R...

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