Rifle: City Council approves a shiny new $25 million water treatment plant

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From the Rifle Citizen Telegram (John Gardner):

The Rifle City Council has agreed to move forward with construction of a new $25 million water treatment facility to be built along Highway 6 near the city’s raw water intake. The action came in a 5-2 vote in a special council meeting held Feb. 6.

Although the city government expects to finance the project with a low-interest loan from the state, the new plant will cause rates for city water customers to double. However, City Council is also considering asking voters to approve a 0.5 percent sales tax increase to help pay off the debt, which would lessen the burden on customers…

Dick Deussen, city utilities director, said the new plant will use advanced water treatment technologies, including a low-pressure membrane, granular activated carbon and reverse osmosis, and is expected to produce good-tasting water…

If all goes smoothly with the advance work, he said construction could begin this fall, and the plant could be complete by the end of 2014.

More water treatment coverage here.

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