Southern Delivery System update: Colorado Springs Utilities is hosting a party at the Pueblo Dam Friday to celebrate the start of construction


From The Colorado Springs Gazette (Daniel Chacón):

Friday’s celebration will include multiple speakers, including Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach, former Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera, Fountain Mayor Jeri Howells and John Cordova, chair of the Pueblo County Board of Commissioners, among others.

Children from Colorado Springs, Fountain, Pueblo West and Security will contribute to a time capsule for the project, Rummel said. Their participation is meant to “signify that this is what the project is all about,” she said…

Friday’s ceremony starts at 9:45 a.m., but people are encouraged to show up by 9:30 a.m. It will be on the east side of the reservoir, south of the State Park entrance station, according to a news release.

More coverage from Pam Zubeck writing for the Colorado Springs Independent. From the article:

In any event, given the difficulty in obtaining environmental approvals and securing water rights in these water-tight times, SDS might be the last major water project built in Colorado for years to come. The pipeline, Utilities officials say, will ultimately deliver 96 million gallons per day to partners Colorado Springs, Pueblo West, Fountain, and Security.

The first phase, which will include a 60-mile pipeline, several pump stations and a treatment plant, is expected to create an annual average of 786 regional jobs and result in $127.6 million in earnings to El Paso County residents and $35.5 million to Pueblo County residents, the city said in a press release. The first phase is to be finished by 2016. The second phase would include a storage reservoir and an exchange reservoir and expanded pumping and treatment capacity.

More Southern Delivery System coverage here and here.

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