It turns out the Colorado Springs did need a stormwater enterprise after all: Mayor Bach wants to spend $15 million


From The Colorado Springs Gazette (Daniel Chacón):

Bach is asking the City Council, which doubles as the Utilities Board, to find the money within the confines of the existing budget and rate base.

But Scott Hente, council president and board chairman, says Bach’s request would require a rate increase. “I believe the only way to do that is to raise rates, and I’m not in the mood to do that right now,” Hente said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, emergency repairs to a backup pipeline damaged by flash flooding in the Waldo Canyon Fire area is going to cost Colorado Springs Utilities a million bucks. Here’s a report from Daniel Chacón writing for The Colorado Springs Gazette. From the article:

The Pine Valley Pipeline, which was damaged and exposed last week during a flash flood, was the city’s primary water source until Utilities built the Stanley Canyon Tunnel in the 1980s. The tunnel now supplies between 75 percent and 80 percent of the city’s water.

In recent years, Utilities rebuilt major portions of the pipeline in case something happened to the tunnel, said Andy Funchess, field operations manager for Utilities’ water system operations.

“We were ready to charge that line at the end of August. That’s out the window,” Funchess said Tuesday while standing near the path of the flash flood.

“It’s going to be months, if not years, before we actually get this pipeline in working condition again and can get that pipeline restored,” Funchess said. “It’s really important that we have, because Rampart is so critical to our water supply, that we have a secondary or backup source to the Stanley Canyon Tunnel. We’ll get it back together, but it’s going to take a lot of time and apparently it’s going to cost a lot of money.”

More stormwater coverage here and here.

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