July 29, 2014

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+ Gazette: SDS construction reaches Colorado Springs ahead of schedule, under budget (July 24, 2014)

+ Gazette Editorial: City Officials exceed promises with SDS (July 29, 2014)


+ Water & Waste Digest: Finishing Strong (July 2014)

SDS On Time, Under Budget and in the News

The Southern Delivery System (SDS) project now under construction is tracking about $147 million under budget. The project is projected to cost $841 million at completion in 2016 and water rate increases are lower than expected – with no additional SDS water rate increases anticipated for Phase I construction.


Cost savings are due largely to modifications in engineering plans that reduced building costs, competitive bidding and favorable interest rates. 


By the end of 2014, the installation of all 50 miles of underground pipe needed for the project will be complete. The water treatment plant and three raw-water pump stations are well underway and construction on Constitution Avenue in El Paso County is tracking to be completed in September this year, ahead of schedule.


The trade magazine Water and Waste News July 2014 issue recounts many of the challenges SDS under took during construction, including the extensive outreach and communications activities that occur while constructing in residential areas, such as Pueblo West.


The accomplishments of the project have also been recently noted in the Colorado Springs Gazette.  The Gazette editorial, City Officials Exceed Promises, with Southern Delivery System, states, “In a country infamous for public works delays, cost overruns and waste, SDS stands out as an example of how it can and should be done for the public.”


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