PAWSD receives funds for treatment plant upgrade

The Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority (CWRPDA) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Water Quality Control Division have awarded PAWSD with a $10,000 planning grant for the engineering of the Hatcher Water Treatment Plant upgrade.

The grant money comes from the state Drinking Water Revolving Fund and requires no matching funds by the District.

An upgrade and expansion of the Hatcher WTP is necessary for several reasons: The existing 27-year-old treatment units have reached their maximum design life; in recent years, the regulations for treated and raw water quality and backwash water quality (treated water used to flush the treatment units) have become increasingly stringent; the existing treatment plant does not have the technology to meet the heightened requirements.

In addition, as the area around Hatcher Lake, which is the raw water supply for the treatment plant, has built out, environmental pressure on the lake from runoff carrying fertilizers, oils and other household chemicals has increased substantially. A higher level of treatment is now required to produce the quality and quantity of water required by customers and regulations.

The district received a $6 million 3.4 -percent interest loan earlier this year for the project from CWRPDA. The loan will be repaid over the next 20 years by customer monthly service and availability fees.

The district anticipates construction on the project to begin in March.