New wastewater treatment plant in Glenwood’s future |

New wastewater treatment plant in Glenwood’s future

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Construction work to build a new wastewater treatment plant in West Glenwood Springs could begin soon.

The city opened bids Friday to build an access road and a pipeline to the site of a new planned wastewater treatment plant on the west part of town south of the Colorado River. The property is the site of the old Cardnell property.

City engineer Mike McDill said the city received 11 bids and two of the lowest were

around $4.5 million. The bid has not yet been awarded, but the apparent low bidder is Martinez Western Constructors of Rifle. On many construction projects the city receives only a few bids and sometimes even fewer.

McDill said the heightened interest is probably a combination of this project being one of the largest the city has ever undertaken and the economic downturn making it harder to find work.

“It’s a combination of the two,” he said. “The economy just made it that much more attractive.”

Preliminary designs called for a 14,000-foot pipe from the current wastewater treatment plant to the new site. That would include a pump station to pump the fluids around 50 feet up to a high point before reaching the site.

The current site was used for over 60 years and is the lowest point in Glenwood Springs. Moving it out from near downtown will get rid of the odor that drivers and pedestrians sometimes smell on Seventh Street and open up valuable property in the area just southeast of the intersection of the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers for development.

The new plant is also expected to increase treatment capacity from about 1.8 million gallons per day to 2.6 million gallons per day to meet demands from future growth. The current plant runs at about 1.2 million gallons per day and has had some issues with water discharge quality due to ammonia. The 30-year-old plant has outlived its usefulness and wasn’t designed to meet today’s water quality standards.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has said Glenwood Springs must build the new plant by 2014. McDill said the work could be done in 2012, or possibly earlier, if everything goes as planned.

In November 2007, the city awarded almost a $1 million design contract to the local engineering firm Schmueser, Gordon and Meyer and a Front Range firm called Rothberg, Tamburini and Winsor. The total cost of the project could be around $40 million.

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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