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.
As part of our operations, Colorado Springs Utilities has been actively involved in addressing stormwater issues and has already invested a significant amount of money in stormwater management. The Fountain Creek Improvement Project recently completed as part of an SDS mitigation requirement restored a section of the creek to a more natural state and is reducing erosion and sedimentation. Watch video.
Progress continues on SDS as crews recently finished installing pipe through the mile-long tunnel that spans under Interstate 25, Fountain Creek, nearby railroad tracks and surface roads. Underground tunnel boring was complete during November of last year. About 165 pieces of pipe have been lowered into the more than 80-foot deep tunnel shaft to connect the SDS pipeline across the geographically challenging area. The project is anticipated to be complete Q1 2015. Watch Video