Good day
Recently read that some of the drains constructed in the british colonial era has lasted longer than present day drains constructed in the last few decades.
Can you provide me with some insights as to what made the colonial drains construction outpace the present day drains.
In general what construction processes and designs may have accounted for that and what factors are common among construction projects that have lasted for more than 100+ years outpacing present day designs that last only a few decades.

Hi Sam,

Unfortunately I am not an expert in british colonial era drains so I'm not sure I can provide any good insight into why they would last longer.

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