Southern Colorado’s future requires water. El Paso County’s population will grow 1.9 percent a year through 2030, or 350,000 more people. The project partners already own rights to sufficient water, but need a delivery system to transport it.
Water infrastructure is typically a multi-generational investment. People who live in Colorado Springs today are benefiting from the investments that previous generations have made in the existing water system. SDS is an investment in our future.
The pipeline from Pueblo Reservoir is the most environmentally responsible route for SDS. SDS partners and regulatory agencies agree on comprehensive mitigation plans to ensure the environment is protected as SDS is built and operated.
SDS construction is providing much-needed jobs and business opportunities for Southern Colorado companies. Project construction will add an estimated $179 million in local wages through 2016.
In late February 2014, construction crews will begin installing SDS water pipeline under the northernmost, westbound lanes of Constitution Ave between Powers Blvd and Marksheffel Rd. Construction will require traffic on Constitution Ave to be reduced to one lane westbound, and at times, one lane eastbound. Initial activity is expected to occur near Constitution Ave and Marksheffel Rd and on Constitution Ave east of Tuff Blvd.
Construction started in December 2013 on a project designed to restore a section of Fountain Creek to a more natural state and reduce erosion and sedimentation. The Fountain Creek Improvement Project, located on Clear Spring Ranch near Fountain, is a $3.6 million construction project that fulfills a mitigation commitment for SDS.
Work on the SDS Water Treatment Plant continues to progress as walls for the building are now beginning to take shape. The project broke ground in March 2013 and is providing significant work for area businesses with more than 30 Colorado companies helping to build the facility.