From The Denver Post (David Olinger):
WIN-Colorado, an acronym for Water Infrastructure Network, says the unfunded tab for projects statewide has grown $1 billion over two years to $4.3 billion, despite an infusion of infrastructure money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act last year. Perry Fowler, a program director at the Associated General Contractors of America, said ARRA brought more federal money for infrastructure work than communities had seen in years but that it still covered a small fraction of their needs. “The situation is not unique to Colorado,” he said. “Everywhere in the country, people are struggling with the problem of paying for water.”[…]
In southern Colorado, Monte Vista faces a different dilemma. The city is relatively poor, its population is shrinking, and it may be unable to finance “projects we desperately need,” said city manager Don Van Wormer.
Monte Vista estimates it will need $48 million, or nearly $10,000 per resident, for future water, sewer and storm projects. It plans to replace water lines throughout the city and repair sewer lines. It wants to connect its two wastewater-treatment plants. And it faces a state order to chlorinate its drinking water, a project of unknown cost.
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