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.
The SDS Water Treatment Plant, located at Marksheffel Road north of Highway 94, is making steady progress, and work on the concrete dome tank has been highly visible through the first half of 2014. The tank has several components, and local contractors have literally laid the foundation for success.R.E. Monks of Colorado Springs, Araco Concrete of Fountain, and Pate Construction of Pueblo West partnered on the project, playing an important role in the foundation for the massive tank.
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 $4.2 million construction project that fulfills a mitigation commitment for SDS.
Northwest Pipe Company in Denver recently manufactured the last piece of more than 7,000 pipes that will be used to transport water for SDS. Manufacturing 50 miles of steel pipe began three years ago. For Northwest Pipe Company, that work could not have come at a better time.