Cortez: City council approves $525,000 loan application for water treatment plant upgrades

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From the Cortez Journal (Steve Grazier):

City Manager Jay Harrington said the loan amount, which is not to exceed $525,000, with the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority – via the newly formed Cortez Water Enterprise – is tapped for improvements at the older water treatment plant. “Basically, we’re looking at funds to replace the old filter media (system),” Harrington said. “It’s a pretty aged section.”

An existing 22-year-old multimedia filter plant that has a lifespan of 15 years needs a major overhaul, Harrington said. The facility is located just north of Cortez at 27999 County Road N. The loan with the state comes with a 2 percent interest rate and is a 20-year agreement, Harrington said. Upgrades to structure include installing six multimedia filter-to-waste valves, repairing a backwash system and updating operating software and filter-control instruments to improve surface wash, according to the city’s water plant superintendent, Bruce Smart…

Work at the water treatment facility likely will begin this spring and conclude in October or November, Smart said. The upgrade project is scheduled to go to bid next week.

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