Mesa County: Coping with wastewater problems

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From the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Le Roy Standish):

De Beque, Powderhorn, Mack and Coll- bran all face major issues. De Beque is trying to get ahead of the curve by building a new wastewater treatment plant and upgrading a facility in anticipation of more energy workers and population, once the economy rebounds. At Powderhorn, the ground shifts every spring, and every spring the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issues a “boil water” order. In Mack, the lagoon system has leaked wastewater into the groundwater for years. And in Collbran, the whole system is simply falling apart from lack of maintenance.

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Mesa County water projects

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From the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Le Roy Standish):

They approved funds to improve the wastewater treatment plant in Mack, accepted the completion report for the rebuilt Bruner water system in the Rosevale neighborhood and accepted an easement from Clifton Sanitation for part of the Riverfront Trail east of 32 Road near D Road.

The wastewater treatment pond in Mack is leaking into the groundwater, according to Julie Constan, a county engineer…

Growth had all but passed by the Rosevale neighborhood, situated south of Broadway and west of the Colorado River. The neighborhood of about 250 homes had an aging water system (built in the 1950s) and its water provider was going out of business. The situation hit a peak last year. Ute Water Conservation District stepped in and rebuilt the system with the help of Mesa County and $600,000 in federal funding through Community Development Block grants. On Monday, the commission approved Ute Water’s project completion report…

Residents are being charged $5,800 each for the new meters and lines. Those who chose not to pay the sum immediately are being charged $30 a month.