Silt trying to get $1.8M to upgrade town water system
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
SILT, Colorado – Officials here are hoping to receive approximately $1.8 million in federal grant funds to pay for improvements to the town’s water treatment plant and water lines.
Town Administrator Pamela Woods said the money would come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which offers funding in its Rural Utilities Service and Rural Development programs.
The town Board of Trustees gave its approval for the grant application on Oct. 24.
According to Woods, the improvements include replacement of old water lines along Grand and Orchard avenues. The existing four-inch lines, made of deteriorating concrete and asbestos, are to be replaced by six-inch or eight-inch PVC lines, she said.
In addition, the town hopes to build a redundant pipeline underneath I-70, adjacent to the existing water line that serves customers between the interstate and the river.
The extra line is needed, she said, in case the existing line were to fail for some reason.
The town also hopes to do some upgrades to the water treatment plant, “so we don’t have to use as much chemicals to keep down the TTHM,” Woods explained, referring to the contaminant total trihalomethanes.
Silt residents were told twice last year that the water coming out of their taps might be unsafe, after tests revealed unacceptably high levels of TTHM in the town’s water supply.
Two schools shut off their drinking fountains following the announcements, due to concerns for student health.
The compounds, which can cause health problems for humans, typically form when organic matter in municipal water supplies comes in contact with chlorine during the treatment process.
Municipalities are required by the state health department to conduct quarterly tests for TTHMs.
Woods and public works director Gerry Pace reported that there has been no such contamination since last fall.
“Our water is good now,” Woods declared.
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