Community celebrates the end of SDS pipeline construction

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — After three and a half years, community members and contractors celebrated the end of the Southern Delivery System’s pipeline construction.

The water pipeline runs fifty miles from the Pueblo Reservoir all the way to Colorado Springs, Fountain, Security and Pueblo west..

It took more than 7,000 50 foot sections of pipe. Most were 66 inches in diameter.

Those who helped make the project happen, concluded their work by signing the final stick of pipe.

“We were told back when we started it that it couldn’t get done from a political stand point, but we proved the doubters wrong,” said Lionel Rivera, former mayor of Colorado Springs. “It was a project we knew Colorado Springs and El Paso County had to have, and we did everything we could to make it happen.”

After this final pipe goes in the ground, the Southern Delivery System will be one step closer to operation.

“With out this, the future of the entire Pikes Peak region and it’s growth and development would be put at risk, because there simply would not be the water resources,” said Merv Bennett, City Council member/chairman of the Board of Colorado Springs Utilities.

The perks of the pipeline should last at least fifty years, and by 2040 it will bring water to nearly 750,000 people.

“Water projects come along once every forty years or so,” said Rivera. “They’re big and hard to get permitted and approved, but we did it.”

As the contractors and community members signed the final pipe, they celebrated hours of time, dedication and the future.

“We still have some work to do with our pump stations and our water treatment plant, but it’s exciting to see the last stick of pipe get ready to go into the ground, and it’s a great day in southeast Colorado,” said Bennett.

Construction on the water treatment plant and pump station should be complete by the end of 2015. Colorado Springs Utilities is projecting they will come out nearly $150 million under budget.

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