Southern Delivery System update: Colorado Springs Utilities is at odds with some of the landowners along the route

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From (David Ortiviz):

The billion dollar pipeline project will transfer water from the Pueblo Dam to Colorado Springs, Fountain, Security and Pueblo West. The issue–the pipeline will intersect more than a hundred properties. Land owners are being compensated, but some say they’re not being offered enough money. “I’m not going to let them bully me and take my property and give me peanuts for it,” said [Lavetta Kay]. Kay was offered $5,300 for her easement, however she wants triple that amount. Kay points out land owners won’t be able to build any permanent structures above the pipeline. “(Realtors) said my property won’t be able to be sold. It’s stigmatized,” said Kay…

Rummel says they’ve reached an agreement with most property owners, but they’re at an impasse with about ten of them like Kay who think they’re being ripped off. Rummel says SDS will still get to use the land through eminent domain. “The court will come in decide what we should pay these property owners and they will be compensated,” said [Janet Rummel, a spokesperson for SDS].

More coverage from (David Ortiviz):

Construction is underway on a massive underground pipeline designed to meet future water needs in Southern Colorado…

From the reservoir the pipeline will run north through Pueblo West up to Colorado Springs. Phase one, which includes pump stations and a water treatment plant should be finished by 2016…

Phase two of the project is to build two new reservoirs in El Paso County. Rummel says construction on the reservoirs should start around 2020. Although it’s a lengthy and expensive project, Rummel says it gives communities a reliable water system for years to come. “It’s really an investment in our future, for future generations,” said Rummel.

More Southern Delivery System coverage here and here.

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