From KOAA.com (Jessi Mitchell):
Construction has finished on a $10.3 million pipeline in Penrose that will bring water seven miles from the Arkansas River into the community.
After the town was hit hard by drought in 2002, water district administrators have been trying to come up with a contingency plan to prevent a repeat. Contractors started construction in July and just laid the final pieces of the 12-inch pipe. Testing will begin soon…
Water district president Ron Gasser is happy with the progress as well. He says the pipeline is slated to start pumping water April 13. It will supplement the main water supply from El Paso County in hopes that Penrose never runs out of water again…
Through their water bills, business owners and neighbors agreed to help pay back the nearly $10 million dollar loan for the project over the next 30 years. Penrose also received a $800,000 grant from the Department of Local Affairs.
There is a consensus that the new pipeline will help with the community’s expansion. “We’ve been growing a lot and pleased to have seen a lot of Front Range visitors coming to the area,” says Mugasis, “so the fact that we can provide uninterrupted service is very reassuring for us.”
The Penrose water board still has to decide how much of the water they will utilize and how much will be stored for a not-so-rainy day. The district hopes to reserve at least a year’s worth of water.
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