Tours of new Glenwood Springs wastewater plant offered |

Tours of new Glenwood Springs wastewater plant offered

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – If you’ve noticed that downtown Glenwood Springs near the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers is less odorous these days, there’s a reason.

The city’s new, 1.9-million-gallon-per-day regional wastewater treatment plant in West Glenwood is now officially in operation. The new treatment plant, which has been under construction for the past two years, replaces the old facility near the confluence on Seventh Street.

To commemorate the completion of the $22.3 million facility, there will be a series of public tours offered beginning next week.

Starting Oct. 23 and continuing Oct. 25, 30 and 31, three tours per day will leave at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Visitors can sign up for a specific tour date and time at Glenwood Springs City Hall, 101 W. Eighth St., or call Karen Bender at (970) 384-6425. Tours will leave from the Glenwood Springs Community Center, and transportation will be provided from there to the wastewater treatment plant.

Construction began in 2010 on the new treatment plant and associated facilities, including a lift station on Seventh Street and a three-mile-long sewer pipeline running along Midland Avenue. Salida-based Moltz Construction was the general contractor on the project.

Including land acquisition, the total cost of the new wastewater facilities is around $33 million, according to Steve Vanderleest, the project engineer for the city.

Financing came from a $31.5 million Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority loan. That loan is being paid off through a series of wastewater rate increases that began in 2006. General fund reserves have also helped to offset the cost to ratepayers in more recent years.

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