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Utilities needs land for Williams Creek Reservoir


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Colorado Springs Utilities might end up in court over 146.5 acres and an easement needed for the Upper Williams Creek Reservoir — part of Phase 2 of the Southern Delivery System that brings water from Pueblo Reservoir.

Utilities has negotiated with land owners since 2007 but can't reach agreement; hence, Utilities asked City Council to approve pursuing the acreage through condemnation actions. Council was expected to act as the Indy went to press on Sept. 12. The land at issue is along Bradley Road, east of Academy Boulevard. The city-owned utility has spent upwards of $20 million to acquire land for the reservoir, which will hold about 30,500 acre feet of water. An acre foot is approximately 326,000 gallons. Construction of Phase 2 has previously been forecast for 2020 and 2024.

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