GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The city says there have been 12 main water line breaks this year and next year the city plans to do something about it.
The City is planning to replace over six miles of old pipe including the pipe on 28 1/2 that broke Thursday. The project will cost almost $4 million dollars and will be paid for with money from a revolving state fund.
Currently 135 miles of piping supply the city of Grand Junction with water. Grand Junction City Utility Engineer Bret Guillory says, "About 25 miles is cast iron pipe that was installed probably 40, 50, 60 years ago." Now those old pipes are now breaking. Guillory says, "Movement occurs in the ground and those old fragile lines are the first to be affected by that so they fail."
Next year the city will spend $3.8 million repairing some of those old pipes. Guillory says, "The cost to replace a water line is on the average of around $93 to $95 a foot." The city replaces the old cast iron pipes with PVC that should last 100 years.
Normally the city spends half a million dollars repairing old lines each year. Guillory says, "Right now we replace about a mile of line a year."
Some of those water lines being replaced are on North Ave. and Patterson Road as well as others. Construction could start as soon as this winter.