Greensboro, NC - The water Greensboro's citizens drink is carried throughout the city by more than 1,600 miles of pipes, and with the first pipes being put in in the 1920's, many of them need to be replaced.
And the cost to repair, replace, and upgrade the water supply will not come cheap, with a proposed cost of $95 million in the 2012-2013 budget, and this cost will be paid for by tax payers.
According to the City's Water Services, for city residents, the proposed plans would raise your water bill by approximately $2 to $3 dollars per month over the next 8 years.
For residents living outside of the city using city water, your bill would rise between $3 and $7 dollars per month over the next 8 years.
The cost is worth it, according to Water Resources Department Steven Drew, because, "The water utility is Greensboro's most precious and expensive asset but it's an asset that has to be around forever so it requires perpetual maintenance."
The ultimate goal of the city's water system is to be on a 100 year replacement plan, where no pipe is underground for more than 100 years without replacement.