June 16, 2014

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SDS Pumps and Treatment Plant are Full Speed Ahead

Two of the largest components for the Southern Delivery System (SDS) project are making significant progress. See video on construction progress.

Raw-Water Pump Stations
Three raw-water pump stations are being built to transport water some 50 miles north to a new Water Treatment Plant. Two pump stations in El Paso County and one being built at Lake Pueblo State Park are now about 25 percent complete. Currently workers are backfilling the pump cans that will hold the pumps and are working on building the raw-water storage tanks.

Water Treatment Plant
The new Water Treatment Plant will be Colorado Springs Utilities’ seventh water treatment plant. The Water Treatment Plant located in El Paso County is about 40 percent complete.


Work is underway on the raw water storage tank, wall panels and masonry. It is estimated to be ready for water by fall 2015. A redesign of the Water Treatment Plant allowed costs to be reduced by about $70 million.


The 82,000 square-foot plant is an advanced water treatment facility that will use ozone/biological filtration to treat water piped from Pueblo Reservoir.

The 100-acre facility will also house a 10-million-gallon raw-water storage tank, a 7-million-gallon treated-water storage tank and a finished-water pump station. Initially the plant will be able to treat 50 million gallons of water per day and can be expanded to treat up to 130 million gallons of water per day based on future customer demand.


Two hundred ninety people are working on the water treatment plant and pump stations alone.To date, more than 330 Colorado companies have helped plan and build SDS, with more than 50 percent of the support coming from El Paso, Pueblo, and Fremont counties.  About $340 million to date has benefitted the Colorado economy.

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