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Planning for Water Distribution System Renewal


Understand the causes of failing pipe systems, renewal methods, and the details of comprehensive pipe renewal programs.

Many cities suffer water main failures that create suffering and loss. Recent examples include millions without safe water during a Texas weather emergency and a public health crisis in Flint, Michigan. These failures erode public confidence in local government and water utilities. Causes of failing systems include inadequate political support, funding, and planning for comprehensive pipe renewal programs.
The material will outline a path to improve the resilience of drinking water systems, including both technical and management approaches. It will explain causes of failing pipe systems, renewal methods, and the details of comprehensive pipe renewal programs that can win public and political support for the funding needed for renewal programs. Starting with effective asset management programs, utilities can create business strategies for successful renewal programs.
The material will be aimed at the needs of water system officials and consultants, who will be serving local governments and utilities as clients for water infrastructure system improvements.



Neil S. Grigg

Neil S. Grigg

Colorado State University

  • Professor at Colorado State University teaching graduate courses in water resources management, infrastructure and utility management, and pipeline engineering
  • Author of books titled Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Infrastructure Management; Water Finance: Public Responsibilities and Private Opportunities; Economics and Finance of Infrastructure and Natural Resources; and Infrastructure Finance for Sustainable Future
  • Former environmental regulator and director of two state water research institutes
  • Former consulting engineer and principal of Sellards & Grigg Inc. in Denver
  • Life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Works Association, and American Public Works Association
  • Ph.D. degree in hydraulic engineering, Colorado State; M.S. degree in hydraulic/structural engineering, Auburn University; B.S. degree in engineering, U.S. Military Academy
  • Can be contacted at 970-491-3369 or [email protected]

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