Summer 2020: Keeping Up With Aging Infrastructure

The Aging Infrastructure Issue

Colorado has grown and changed around the water infrastructure installed decades to more than a century ago, leaving today’s water users and managers to grapple with the prospect of failing pipes, dams and ditches—the result of age and a lack of routine maintenance. Now, though the challenges and costs to rebuild and repair are significant, Coloradans have new opportunities to do so thoughtfully. View or download a flipbook of the magazine or read articles below.

Nothing Lasts Forever

July 13, 2020 by Jason Plautz

From leaking pipes to hazardous dams, water utilities are stepping up to meet aging water infrastructure needs with the data, tools and resources of today. Rebuilds and fixes can be expensive and rife with challenges—still, water managers are optimistic.

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Building For Tomorrow
July 13, 2020 by Kelly Bastone
As old water infrastructure is phased out, now is the moment for next-gen infrastructure. These futuristic solutions are smart, sustainable, creative and collaborative.
Ag Feels Infrastructure’s Age Too
by Jason Plautz
For the growers in Colorado’s $40 billion agriculture industry, every last drop of water counts. But deteriorating ditches, diversions and reservoirs mean some of that precious water may never reach the crops.
Rendering of the High Line Canal vision in the Denver metro area in Colorado
Reinventing a Historical Metro-Area Canal
by Caitlin Coleman
Infrastructure built more than a century ago still endures, but the High Line Canal, an old irrigation ditch, has been repurposed to meet the moment.

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