Paonia: Backwash recovery system back on the drawing board for treatment plant

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From the Delta County Independent (Kathy Browning):

The recovery system was to capture the backwash from the filtration system. It would recycle the waste, filter it and recycle it through. [Trustee David Weber] said the engineer told him 10 gallons a minute could be lost without the recovery system. That equals 439,000 gallons for a month, the equivalent of about 55 taps. “So, by making this engineering change order, we’re essentially throwing away 54.6 taps of town water,” Weber said. “That’s a significant amount of water. If those taps were sold out-of-town that would represent over $800,000 in income.”

Weber questioned whether the town could afford to throw away that amount of income. In fact the impetus to initiate the change order to remove the recovery system was to save $69,000…

Now with the $285,880 in stimulus funds from the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority received in the form of a principal forgiven loan, the project can go ahead.

More water treatment coverage here.

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