Glenwood Springs: New wastewater treatment plant on schedule and under budget

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From the Glenwood Springs Post Independent (Heather McGregor):

Workers have poured more than 5,000 cubic yards of concrete, driven nearly 3,000 feet of vertical pilings and hardened more than 18,000 cubic yards of soil at the site. Through the winter months, they dealt with cold and nearly constant shade at the site. “The sun was going down for the day at 10:30 in the morning,” said Buddy Burns, manager of the city’s wastewater treatment system. Now the snow is melting, soils are thawing and the site is mired in mud and puddles…

The city will be paying off the bonds in twice-a-year payments of $958,000 over 21 years, from 2011 through 2032. To cover the bond payments, sewer rates for Glenwood Springs customers have been gradually increasing since 2006. Rates for residential customers have climbed from a minimum of $25.56 in 2007 to a minimum of $47.84 in 2010, and are expected to take another upward jump this spring…

The new wastewater treatment system is actually a series of four projects stretching from the existing plant site at the confluence to the new site at Chatfield Ranch in the far western end of West Glenwood. It includes a new lift station at the existing plant site, a two-mile stretch of pipelines to carry wastewater to the new plant site, a new, mile-long road extending from the west end of Wulfsohn Road to the plant site, and the new plant itself, a complex of three buildings and four giant open tanks.

More wastewater coverage here and here.

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