Lamar: The city is lining up financing for a $2 million pipeline replacement project


From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

Lamar’s looking to get its pipes cleaned. But the city of 7,800 needs some state assistance to get the job done. The Arkansas Basin Roundtable last week sent a request for a $200,000 state grant to the Colorado Water Conservation Board. The money will assist in a $2 million project that would be funded with a $985,000 grant from the Department of Local Affairs, and a $785,000 CWCB loan. Lamar water customers would pay an additional $1.07 per month if all of the state funds are approved.

The money is needed because of heavy corrosion and leakage in the pipes that bring water from wells to the city. Water from two separate well fields is high in dissolved solids, and must be blended in order to use it. “If they clean the pipes, they burst,” said Gary Berngard, an executive for Honeywell Building Solutions, the consultant on the project.

The project also will upgrade parts of the water system in anticipation of completion of the Arkansas Valley Conduit, which is several years down the road.

The replacement of the pipes will recover between 378-662 acre-feet of water per year that now are being lost. It also would free up water from other sources for other uses, including industrial and agriculture. “This affects half of the population of Prowers County,” Commissioner Henry Schnabel told the roundtable in supporting the project.

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