The engineering coordinator for the City of Prince Rupert

How did we end up with leaky pipes?

The City of Prince Rupert released a video to present residents with a visual image of how embarrassing the city’s water situation truly is.

The City of Prince Rupert released a video on Friday to present residents with a visual image of how embarrassing the city’s water situation truly is.

The four-minute video seems like the North Coast’s version of the “Parks and Recreation” sitcom. Mayor Lee Brain stands in front of the dam in his raingear listing off what needs to be done in three phases — and the million dollar costs — to make secure the water facility and avoid potential catastrophe.

Then the engineering coordinator for the city, Richard Pucci, points out sections of pipe, that looks like it was lost in the woods 100 years ago. The city has used that pipe to repair other sections of broken pipe out of necessity. Next shot, a close up of water leaking through another section of pipe. How did we get to this state of disrepair?

The previous city council has a lot to answer for.