Merino water treatment plant update

Ashcraft & Brown Building, Merino, Colorado, as it appeared on a 1909 postcard. Image courtesy of Ken Wilson.

From The Sterling Journal-Advocate (Jeff Rice):

Merino’s water project is about 10 percent completed, but on schedule and running well so far. That’s the report Jim Wright delivered to the Merino Town Board Monday night during the board’s regular meeting. Wright is the on-site consultant who oversees the day-to-day work on the project.

“It’s going very well and I’m very pleased,” he said.

The town is installing a $2.3 million water treatment facility because of more stringent water quality standards being passed from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The three-phase project — installing a new water supply tank, building a new water treatment facility, and building evaporation ponds to treat the effluent from the reverse osmosis water treatment process – should be finished by mid-July.

Wright told the board there would be no work done on Tuesday because the project is waiting for specialists to install a “hot tap” on the main water line to flush sediment from the system. That should be done Wednesday, he said.

Grading for the pumping station will start soon, he said, and once the building to house the reverse osmosis system is built the project will proceed rapidly.

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