July 14, 2016

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SDS: Water for generations to come: Colorado Springs Independent


SDS: A triumph for city, Utilities, Colorado Springs Business Journal





Contractors and their Friends/Families Invited to Celebrate SDS and Tour New Water Treatment Plant

Colorado Springs Utilities invites the contractors who helped build the Southern Delivery System (SDS) to bring their families and friends to a free public open house to celebrate completion of the water project and see how it operates on Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  


The SDS WaterFest will include public tours of the new state-of-the-art Edward W. Bailey Water Treatment Plant located at 977 Marksheffel Road at Highways 24/94 at Marksheffel Road in Colorado Springs. The public will get a rare inside look at what it takes to make water from Pueblo Reservoir into drinking water. To participate in the plant tour, guests are required to wear flat, sturdy shoes, and pets should be left at home.


SDS was one of the biggest water projects to be built in the west this decade. It required hundreds of workers to plan and construct it. This open house event is an opportunity for those who built SDS to show the result of their efforts to their families and friends. Informational displays in the water treatment plant provide an overview of the project, its history and the people who contributed to its success.


There will be water fun on tap for the entire family including touching a cloud, making snow, and cooling off with spray from a fire hose. Kids can earn a prize by playing a water passport game and meet Dewey the Water Drop. Guests can commemorate the fun at the photo booth. At noon a SDS time capsule will be buried for future generations to discover. Guests are encouraged to bring a small item that signifies this era to include in the time capsule.


SDS began operating April 28, 2016. The system transports water from Pueblo Reservoir through 50 miles of underground pipe propelled by three raw-water pump stations to the new water treatment plant. The $825 million project was finished on time and $160 million under budget and is the largest infrastructure project completed and put into service at one time by Colorado Springs Utilities.



For more information, visit www.csu.org.

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