GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. $4 million a year, that's what Grand Junction's Water Department spends annually to update and maintain water and sewage systems.
That's actually a relatively low price tag, and the work they do keeps the water running smoothly.
Grand Junction is more than 130 years old and compared to similarly-aged cities and towns across the nation, our water and sewage systems are high-end.
"The reason we have such a rigorous replacement program in both our water distribution lines and sewer collection lines is so we can avoid getting in a situation much like the rest of the nation," says Utility Engineer for Grand Junction, Bret Guillory.
According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, upgrading the nation's outdated water and wastewater systems is projected to cost between $3-5 trillion over the next 20 years.