Cranes Removed: Final Stretch for Water Treatment Plant Construction

March 6, 2015

Signs of progress are on the horizon at the Southern Delivery System (SDS) Water Treatment Plant construction site -- located near Marksheffel Road and Highway 94 in eastern Colorado Springs.

As buildings at the plant have gone up, the giant cranes at the site have come down. In February, crews disassembled the last of two massive cranes at the site, marking a milestone for construction as the buildings have taken shape and the plant is now nearly 80 percent complete. The cranes towered almost 150 feet tall and had been a prominent landmark on the skyline for more than a year. View timelapse video.  

The entire site is located in FAA air space due to its proximity to the runway at Peterson Air Force Base. Additional permits and close coordination with the FAA was essential, adding to the complexity of the project. In fact, construction workers have become quite accustomed to frequent flyovers by a variety of military aircraft taking off and landing at the base.

Work will continue this spring and summer to complete the treatment facilities and install equipment. Testing is scheduled for late 2015 to ready the plant for water delivery to customers in early 2016.

Just the facts:

  • Crews broke ground on the plant in March 2013.
  • The $125-million, 100-acre facility is the single largest component for SDS.
  • The facility will use ozone/biological filtration to treat water piped from Pueblo Reservoir.
  • The major components include a 10-million-gallon raw water storage tank, a 7-million-gallon treated water storage tank and a finished water pump station.
  • Once complete, the facility will be able treat up to 50- million gallons of water. Capacity can be expanded to treat up to 130 million.
  • It will be Colorado Springs Utilities' seventh water treatment plant.
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