Utilities offers lessons in learning the ropes



With the economy still in the dumps and people still losing their jobs every day, Colorado Springs Utilities is getting ready to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on the Southern Delivery System.

Pipeline work to begin soon.
  • Pipeline work to begin soon.

And Utilities wants contractors and businesses to know how to get a piece of the action, compliments of its ratepayers, which will see rates swell by 12 percent per year from 2011 through 2016.

So, the city has set up workshops in El Paso, Pueblo and Fremont counties to spread information about how to bid on the massive pipeline project that will bring about 70 million gallons a day to Colorado Springs, increasing the city's water supply by a third.

“We’re excited to be nearing the beginning of construction,” John Fredell, Utilities' SDS project director, said in a release. “These workshops will give local contractors and businesses a chance to talk with project staff and learn more about the schedule and the types of goods and services needed for the project.”

An opening presentation will provide general project information, including the project’s major components and construction schedule. After that, attendees can "network and interact" with the SDS project team, the news release said. Staff also will demonstrate how to register on Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing — the online system used to advertise opportunities to do business with Colorado Springs Utilities.

All meetings are from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dates and locations:
Colorado Springs:
May 6, Leon Young Service Center, 1521 Hancock Expressway, Pikes Peak Room
May 10, El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave.
Canon City:
May 13, Pueblo Community College, Fremont Campus - 51320 W. Hwy 50

"Construction work on Phase 1 of SDS will begin this year and continue through 2016, adding jobs and infusing capital into local economies," the press release said. "Phase 1 construction costs are estimated at $550 million, including about $160 million for labor. An average of 380 workers is anticipated to work on the project from 2010-2016, with a peak employment of 700 workers in 2014."

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