SDS water pipeline project takes major step

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Land similar to this will be home to a water treatment plant.
  • Pam Zubeck
  • Land similar to this will be home to a water treatment plant.

In a grassy field at Marksheffel Road and Highway 94 tomorrow, local dignitaries and business people will gather to break ground on a significant piece of the Southern Delivery System pipeline project.

The project, which will bring water here from Pueblo Reservoir, is expected to become operational in 2016.

Here's the "groundbreaking" news release:

WHAT: A group of Colorado businesses will gather to celebrate the beginning of construction on the new Southern Delivery System (SDS) water treatment plant and its positive impact on the area economy. More than 30 Colorado companies are collaborating to build the plant. Representatives of these companies, officials from the SDS partner communities and the Colorado Springs Utilities Board will participate in a groundbreaking shovel ceremony.

The water treatment plant is one of the largest components of the SDS project and will provide significant economic opportunities for local businesses. Construction of this facility will cost nearly $125 million — about $47 million of the construction work will go to Colorado companies, with $28 million of the work going to El Paso County-area businesses.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 20 from 10 to 11 a.m.

WHERE: The event will be held on the site of the new plant located on the east side of Marksheffel Road, just north of Highway 94 in Colorado Springs.

WHY: SDS is a regional project currently under construction that will deliver water to Colorado Springs, Fountain, Security and Pueblo West. Construction of the nearly $1-billion project is resulting in significant benefits to the local economy, including jobs for local contractors and suppliers. To date, more than 200 companies in Colorado have participated in the planning and construction of the SDS. Of the more than $317 million spent to plan and build SDS through 2012, nearly $260 million has stayed in Colorado. To date, $158 million has benefitted El Paso County and $58 million has benefitted Pueblo County.

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