New water system for Silt Mesa could cost rate payers $26 million

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From the Glenwood Springs Post Independent (John Colson):

Fewer than 40 percent of property owners in the Silt Mesa area are interested in hooking up to a proposed $26 million domestic water distribution system in their neighborhood, according to a consulting engineer. The primary reason for the lack of interest is likely to be money, said Dan Cokley, of the Schmueser Gordon Meyer engineering firm…

Silt Mesa is an expanse of meadows and hills north of Silt and south of the Grand Hogback. Most residents currently use wells for their household water, although about 5 percent must haul water. The area is not served by the Silt municipal water systems, and the conservancy district is working to figure out a way to get reliable water service to roughly 800 properties. County officials agreed to help pay for the feasibility study in partnership with the district, which currently provides irrigation water to the Silt Mesa area within the district’s boundaries. The study is projected to cost between $75,000 and $90,000, and the county has contributed $50,000 toward the effort, with the proviso that the BOCC be kept up to date on the study’s progress. The proposed system would draw from nearby Harvey Gap Reservoir to feed a water treatment and delivery system estimated to cost $26 million.

The water district was formed in 1957 to conserve and develop water resources within its boundaries. It operates Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap reservoirs, with related pipelines and other facilities, primarily to deliver irrigation water to farms and ranches.

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