Southern Colorado’s future requires water. El Paso County’s population will grow 1.9 percent a year through 2030, or 350,000 more people. The project partners already own rights to sufficient water, but need a delivery system to transport it.
Water infrastructure is typically a multi-generational investment. People who live in Colorado Springs today are benefiting from the investments that previous generations have made in the existing water system. SDS is an investment in our future.
The pipeline from Pueblo Reservoir is the most environmentally responsible route for SDS. SDS partners and regulatory agencies agree on comprehensive mitigation plans to ensure the environment is protected as SDS is built and operated.
SDS construction is providing much-needed jobs and business opportunities for Southern Colorado companies. Project construction will add an estimated $179 million in local wages through 2016.
Engineering News-Record (ENR) awarded the SDS with its “2013 Best Project” award in the water/environment category for the Mountain States region. ENR is a weekly magazine providing construction news and analysis for the construction industry worldwide. The award-winning project was for pipeline construction through Pueblo West, completed in 2012. One of the most complex phases of pipeline construction, the project involved construction through a residential community.
SDS kicked off construction of the Juniper Pump Station at Lake Pueblo State Park and the last remaining segment of pipe to be installed in Pueblo County. The three raw-water pump stations needed to transport water through SDS are some of the largest components of the project and will continue to provide economic opportunities for local businesses. Construction of the three pump stations will cost $75.5 million with about one-third of that benefitting Colorado companies.