From the Brighton Standard Blade (Gene Sears):
The public meeting, hosted by representatives from the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District, was a dissemination of plans for the facility, slated for construction near the intersection of U.S. Highway 85 and Weld County Road 2. Representatives answered questions for the 100 or so attendees who wandered in and out of the recreation center. A crew of Metro Wastewater staffers and public relations contractors displayed placards detailing plant construction, location, environmental impacts and the service area for the plant, scheduled to open in 2015…
In a project overview published last month, Metro Wastewater District noted that communities in the northern metropolitan area need updated and expanded water treatment, as existing facilities are pushing capacity limits. The district claims the new $220 million facility is more cost effective and efficient than upgrading current facilities and will benefit area communities by eliminating seven neighborhood lift stations. In preparation for the upgrade, the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District sold $250 million in sewer improvement bonds in August in New York. The bond issue included $63 million in tax-exempt bonds and $187 million in taxable Build America Bonds, which are available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. A portion of the bonds will directly finance the new plant.
The road to building the plant has been a long and bumpy one, beginning with talks more than a decade ago. It nearly failed when plans assembled under the original 2005 partnership – known as the Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Authority and consisting of three members from each Brighton, South Adams County Water and Sanitation District and the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District – dissolved in disagreement. Brighton subsquently signed on with MWRD as a member entity. The new plant will effectively treat 22 to 26 million gallons of water per day at full operating capacity. Brighton’s current wastewater facility treats 2.3 million gallons per day.
Rather than face large capital expenditures for a new Brighton-owned plant, the city will simply pay tap fees like every other municipality in the district. Tap fees are the charge for hooking homes and businesses up to a water and sewer system and are typically paid by developers, who in turn roll them into the cost of the home or business.
More wastewater coverage here.