A new WPA could prevent a lot of these breaks. For example, in California, WPA workers installed 1,200 miles of new water lines between 1935 and 1943. (Federal Works Agency, Final Report on the WPA Program, 1935-1943)
Of course, we're not going to get a new WPA. Why not? Because most super-wealthy Americans don't want one, preferring that jobless Americans remain jobless if they can't find work in the holy "private sector" (see page 57, table 5, here). You see, many super-wealthy Americans like having a large pool of jobless & desperate workers to use & abuse. To them, it's a nifty way to keep wages down and investment returns high. And they also don't care about infrastructure too much. "Water main break? No big deal, I can just truck some water in! Power outage? No problem, I have a $14,000 Generac to keep me warm! Potholes? No biggie, I'll just fly over them in my private jet! Bridges? Well, um, I don't have any bridges on my private island!"