The state of our infrastructure has a huge impact on our resource needs. Our ancient and badly maintained water systems waste a third or more of the water they take in, causing unnecessary depletion of reservoirs. Traffic congestion and leaky pipelines waste fuel; obsolete technology and poorly maintained power-grids waste huge amounts of electricity between generator and end user; and so on. Many of these, because of the strong links between resources and the environment, are also strong indirect links between infrastructure and the environment (as opposed to the direct links described in the Impact of Infrastructure on the Environment section).
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