Glenwood moves forward with new treatment plant |

Glenwood moves forward with new treatment plant

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
Courtesy Schmueser, Gordon and MeyerA conceptual drawing shows the building that will house a pump and other equipment. It would be built at the location of the existing Glenwood Springs wastewater treatment plant, which would be demolished.

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

The city has opened bids on construction of an access road and a pipeline to the site of the planned new wastewater treatment plant, located west of town and south of the Colorado River.

City engineer Mike McDill said the city received 11 bids; two of the lowest totaled

about $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 ” if that.

McDill said the heightened interest is probably because this project is one of the largest the city has ever undertaken, and because 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 existing wastewater treatment plant to the new site. That would include a pump station to pump the fluids about 50 feet up in elevation to reach the new plant.

The existing plant site has been used for more than 60 years and is at the lowest point in elevation in Glenwood Springs. Moving it out from near downtown will get rid of the odor that motorists and pedestrians sometimes smell on Seventh Street, and open up valuable property in the area just southeast of the confluence 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. The 30-year-old plant has outlived its usefulness and wasn’t designed to meet today’s water quality standards, officials say.

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 ” Rothberg, Tamburini and Winsor. The total cost of the project could be about $40 million.

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