CWCB: Lamar water supply upgrade project gets funding OK

Roman lead pipe -- Photo via the Science Museum
Roman lead pipe — Photo / Science Museum

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

A $2 million project to replace corroded water supply pipes in Lamar got its final piece of funding last week from the Colorado Water Conservation Board. The board approved a $785,000 loan and a $200,000 grant for the project, which will be matched by a $985,000 grant from the Department of Local Affairs. The Arkansas Basin Roundtable gave its nod to the project in June.

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

It’s estimated that Lamar water customers would pay an additional $1.07 per month to repay the state loan.

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