Arkansas Basin Water Forum recap

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

Water providers from Canon City, Penrose and Custer County shared their experiences at the Arkansas River Basin Water Forum last week. “You need to base water rates on the true cost to water users, while having tap fees for new growth that are defensible,” said Bob Hartzman, Canon City water supervisor.

About one-third of Canon City’s water mains need to be replaced, because some cast iron lines are more than 100 years old. Canon City will face about $42 million in upgrades over the next 20 years, and recently borrowed $12.5 million for the first phase. It’s not alone. Statewide, $5 billion needs to be invested in municipal infrastructure in the next two decades, Hartzman said. “This has made for tough decisions for our City Council,” he said…

Penrose is making plans for a new well-field delivery system of water rights it purchased a couple of years ago, and planning is essential, said Lissa Pinello, president of the local water district…

The Round Mountain Water and Sanitation District had to come to grips with its own aging system in the last few years, said Chris Haga, a board member. The district, which serves Westcliffe and Silver Cliff, completed a new well and upgraded service lines, using grants from the state Department of Local Affairs and Colorado Water Conservation Board, through the Arkansas Basin Roundtable. Those were just the most recent steps in a 15-year process to upgrade a water system that had aging water lines and often lost pressure on heavy-use days.

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