The Homestake pipeline system, which delivers up to 70 percent of Colorado Springs' water, is back in service, Colorado Springs Utilities announced recently.
In April, a rock slide north of Buena Vista damaged part of the system, which originates near Leadville. A boulder the size of a compact car, weighing about 140 tons, damaged the 66-inch pipe, despite the fact it's buried five feet underground.
To make repairs, crews had to shut down the system, suspending water delivery to the community. However, reservoirs were high enough that service was never interrupted, Bruce McCormick, chief water services officer, said.
McCormick used the break to emphasize why the $2.3 billion Southern Delivery System is "so important to the community.” SDS will double water rates within six years, and no one knows how much rates will rise after that.
Crews worked about three weeks, sometimes during spring snowstorms, repairing the Homestake pipeline.