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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Utilities infrastructure aging

The City of Bellevue is facing some serious challenges with its $3 billion worth of water, sewer and stormwater systems. They're getting older and portions are nearing the end of their useful life.

"We're reaching a time when significant investment is necessary to maintain and replace aging systems," said Denny Vidmar, Bellevue Utilities Director. "Aging infrastructure is a critical public policy issue that is impacting cities across the nation."

Vidmar recommends that citizens tune into a 90-minute documentary called "Liquid Assets," airing on KCTS Channel 9 on Sept. 30, at 10:30 p.m. to get a better understanding of hidden assets that are aging. The show, produced by Penn State Public Broadcasting, looks at communities across the nation and their essential water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, some in the ground for more than 100 years.

"Bellevue is in a better position than many cities because we employ long-range financial planning, asset management, and capital investment programs," said Vidmar. "But our aging infrastructure is a concern that requires continued investment to protect public health and safety and sustain the quality of our community."

The city maintains approximately 1,600 miles of utilities pipes, and numerous water reservoirs, pump stations and other infrastructure. 

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Contact Information

Utilities Department
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Wendy Hairfield, Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 425-452-5215
E-mail: whairfield@bellevuewa.gov


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