The latest news on the Southern Delivery System
, a water pipeline from Pueblo Reservoir
to Colorado Springs, won't pull many people's chain, but it's worth noting.
On Tuesday, the city kicked off construction of the Juniper pump station not far from the outlet from the dam that was built earlier as part of SDS
. It's one of three pump stations that, according to Colorado Springs Utilities,
represent some of the largest components of the project; cumulatively, they'll cost $76.5 million. A third of that will go to Colorado contractors. The prime contractor is Archer Western Constructors
of Arlington, Texas.
To update, here are some notes on SDS' progress, provided by Springs Utilities:
• The SDS pump stations will move water 1,500 feet in elevation from Pueblo Dam to the new water treatment plant under construction in El Paso County. At full capacity, SDS will be able to transport up to 96 million gallons
of water per day (MGD) – 18 MGD to Pueblo West and the remaining 78 MGD to the El Paso County partner communities of Colorado Springs, Security and Fountain.
• Garney Construction
of Kansas City, Mo., is installing a 0.3-mile, 90-inch-diameter pipeline that will link Pueblo Dam to the Pueblo West Metropolitan District and other project partners. After Colorado Springs, Pueblo West is the second leading beneficiary of the SDS project.
• Major SDS construction work commenced in Pueblo County in 2011 with the start of the new connection to Pueblo Dam. Since then 18 miles of pipe
have been installed in Pueblo County and a total of 42 total miles
installed project-wide. Recently, the SDS pipeline construction project through Pueblo West was recognized by Engineering News Record
as the Best Water Project in 2013 for the mountain states region.
• Construction of the nearly $1 billion
project is resulting in significant benefits to the local economy. To date, more than 300 companies and organizations in Colorado have helped plan and construct SDS, including 100 in Pueblo County. Of the more than $362 million spent to plan and build SDS, more than $289 million has gone to Colorado companies.