Runoff news: Ruedi Reservoir update

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From email from Reclamation (Kara Lamb):

This evening, we are bumping up releases from Ruedi by about 30 cfs. We anticipate inflows might rise slightly over night. As a result, later this evening, flows in the Fryingpan will be around 275 cfs.

Cañon City: Sewer work starts waterline project wraps up early

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From the Cañon City Daily Record (Debbie Bell):

The Fremont Sanitation District will begin digging on Red Canyon Road, about 400 feet north of South Street. Red Canyon Road will remain open to local traffic only while the district extends the sewer main to High Street. “There is already an existing manhole there,” Brian Hagenau, district engineer tech, said Thursday afternoon. “We’re going to start there and work north.”[…]

The work is being done because the majority of residents in the area requested to be connected to the local sanitation district. For years, raw sewage has percolated out of the ground, caused by high water tables and poor soil conditions. Septic maintenance and failures have proven costly and have created many public health problems. “There are a lot of septics in that area failing because of the soil conditions,” Hagenau said.

From the Cañon City Daily Record (Debbie Bell):

Three months ahead of schedule, work on the city’s water transmission main project is complete.
Cañon City Engineer Adam Lancaster said all water line work on the project wrapped up this week. “Surface restoration on N. Fifth Street is all that remains,” Lancaster said Friday. “Public Works crews will start again on this next month and will likely be done in September.” The city began work on the massive project, which affected Main Street, U.S. 50, First Street and Fifth Street, in January. At $2.6 million, the venture was one of five major projects in the city’s $11 million water infrastructure update funded by a 20 percent water rate increase in January 2008.

More Coyote Gulch infrastructure coverage here.

Boulder: Council to weigh increases for water, sewer and stormwater

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From the Boulder Daily Camera (Heath Urie):

According to a memo being presented to the City Council during a Tuesday night study session, the Boulder Water Resources Advisory Board is recommending an increase in water, wastewater and stormwater rates. The proposal calls for an increase of 3 percent on water bills, 2 percent for wastewater and 1 percent for stormwater. Together, the increases would mean most residential customers would pay $1.40 more each month — or about $17 more annually. Water bills for businesses, such as restaurants, would increase about $162 per year, while heavy industrial uses would go up by $5,100.

More Coyote Gulch infrastructure coverage here.

Flaming Gorge pipeline: Wyoming Governor Freudenthal urges slow going to protect state water supplies

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From the Associated Press via (Idaho Falls):

Freudenthal submitted written comments Monday to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, urging the agency to carefully scrutinize the proposal by Aaron Million. He wrote that he remains opposed to the project…The Wyoming governor says federal review of the proposal should include potential impacts on wildlife and endangered species.

More Coyote Gulch Flaming Gorge pipeline coverage here.

Aspen: Smart grid installation underway

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From Smart Meters:

Aspen, Colorado has taken the first step towards implementing a smart grid that will take both electrical and water usage into account. The goal is to allow residents of the world-renowned ski resort to know how much energy or water they are using before they get their monthly bill while saving operational costs and increasing the reliability of the entire system. So far, smart electric services have become available. “We recently purchased about 150 new electric smart meters that can communicate information about how much energy a person is using and when,” said Lee Ledesma, utility operations manager for the city of Aspen, in an interview with the Aspen Times. “Your usage can be managed before the bill goes out.” So far, the city-owned utility has installed more than 200 smart meters mostly within an affordable housing development. Eventually, the smart meters will connect over the Internet with a Web portal that will allow utility customers to log in remotely and monitor their energy consumption in real time. At the present, homeowners that have a smart meter installed can call the billing department and ask for a report to be sent to them that details energy usage. “This is really the first step in transitioning to a smart grid system, which will increase response time for outages in addition to clueing customers and the city into energy and water consumption histories,” added Ledesma. He said that Aspen also has about 100 smart water meters available.

More Coyote Gulch conservation news here.

Precipitation news: Pueblo Board of Water Works says Lawn irrigation sales down for summer

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

“We won’t know what effect [lowered water sales] will have until the end of the year,” said Terry Book, deputy executive director at the Pueblo Board of Water Works. “You never can guess. We live off our (lawn) irrigation revenue. It’s been a steady year so far, but if we have a dry August, we may make it back.” Metered water sales revenue was only at 41 percent through the first half of the year, according to the most recent budget report. Water consumption within the system is nearly 2 percent below the five-year average, continuing a trend of lower per capita use that began in 2000…

First-half revenues were held down by a cool spring and frequent rains after temperatures finally warmed up, Book said. As of Monday, Pueblo officially had recorded 8.38 inches of rain, about an inch above average for the year. Other factors include conservation, either because of the change in attitudes found in the 2008 study, or because the city raised sewer rates, which are not set by the water board, but still appear on the same bill. Book said the peak days of usage reached all-time highs of more than 63 million gallons per day in 1997. This year, the highest reading has been 48 million gallons per day.