Southern Delivery System: Fremont county alternative on life support

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Despite the recent approvals by Pueblo County and the Colorado Springs city council there is still a faint possibility that Colorado Springs Utilities’ proposed Southern Delivery System will run through Fremont County instead. Here’s a report from Debbie Bell writing for the Cañon City Daily Record. From the article:

“This is the goal that we laid out for the project — giving our community multiple options — our preferred option and an alternate plan in Fremont County,” John Fredell, SDS project manager, said Wednesday. “Now, we have permits for both.” Pueblo approved and signed the permit for Colorado Springs Utilities to build the $1.1 billion water pipeline from the Pueblo Dam north. If the project came to Fremont County, water would be drawn from the Arkansas River at Colo. 115 and approximately follow the highway’s contours north.

Fredell said CSU and its partners, Security and Fountain, will define the project delivery plan. “This involves a thorough business analysis that examines supply and demand, value engineering, project cost, financing options and timing of construction,” Fredell said. “Once this plan is updated, we will present a recommendation to our utilities board later this summer.”[…]

“Regardless of which alternative we construct, we will follow through on our commitments to Fremont County,” Fredell said. “We are continuing collaborative conversations with Penrose and Beaver Park Water Districts, as well as the City of Florence.”[…]

Once the final decision is made by the Colorado Springs City Council, CSU hopes to break ground by late summer or early fall.

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