Denver Water’s 2013 emergency at Ralston Dam underscores need to monitor and upgrade water infrastructure.
$100 million Hillcrest project among infrastructure improvements that support thousands of local construction jobs.
Dam safety team conducts annual inspections, manages upgrades and trains for emergencies to keep facilities secure.
Still strong and sturdy, Denver Water’s second-largest reservoir turns 85 in 2017.
Denver falls well below the national average but faces the same infrastructure costs that drive up bills nationwide.