Here’s some questions for you: how long can 72-year-old water and sewer lines in our City keep working?Next, would you be satisfied with continuing water or sewer shut-offs because of fixing old, broken pipes? The reality is the City does fix water and sewer leaks every single month--for years--but the critical need is to finally replace these lines after all of these decades.
Here's what we’ve done to prepare for replacing the 72-year-old Old Town Water & Sewer lines. Over the last year our Public Works Department scoped all of the water and sewer lines in the Old Town to find the most unreliable sections. The City Council also discussed this replacement project five times in public meetings, plus we obtained $5 million in grants. We also hired a Construction Manager/General Contractor last fall to plan and prepare.
Here are the maps of where the lines need to be replaced, plus the latest City Council video presentation on the project, and the proposed water and sewer rate increases to pay for it. The City Council is also considering adding Pressurized Irrigation to these streets so those households would not need to use culinary water for outside watering. This will really help with water conservation. Yes, the roads will also need to be replaced on those streets once the lines are installed. This is a significant project that will definitely help our City for decades to come.