COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - After more than 20 years of planning and construction, Colorado Springs Utilities dedicated the historic Southern Delivery System water project at the Edward W. Bailey water treatment plant Friday morning.
On April 28, history flowed out of this historic Southern Delivery System for the first time.
It took decades of planning and six years of construction and Friday morning the hard work was recognized.
"I've been involved in this project for 14-plus years. To see it complete with excellence and all the people who contributed. I was overwhelmed," said Jerry Forte, CEO of Colorado Springs Utilities.
The plant pumps up to 50 million gallons of water a day benefiting communities in Colorado Springs, Fountain, Security Pueblo and Pueblo West.
"It's amazing for Colorado Springs and our partners. It means water for the future. We call Southern Delivery 'water for generations' and what that means is our children and grandchildren will be able to have water in Colorado Springs for 50, 60-plus years from now," said Forte.
The water is pumped out of the Pueblo Reservoir and makes its way through 50 miles of pipeline going through three pump stations and ending at Colorado Springs.
Sen. Cory Gardner says it's crucial we invest in water infrastructure because of the state's growing population.
"We've seen more and more people discover the greatness of Colorado, the quality of life, the vibrant economy we have. We're going to see more and more people coming and it's going to take expanding infrastructure," said Gardner.
It took more than 470 permits to finalize the project.
"Fountain, Security, Pueblo and Pueblo West came together. They cooperated and they are a model. They are an inspiration. Other regions can look to the way they worked together and how they got this done," said U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn.
- The Water Treatment Plant has approximately 200 miles of electrical wires and cables, enough to stretch from the Water Treatment Plant site nearly to the International Space Station or the Pueblo Reservoir four times.
- The Water Treatment Plant used enough rebar to fill 54, 50-foot rail cars or a train half-a-mile
- If the concrete masonry blocks used in construction of the Water Treatment Plant were stacked, they would be four-and-a-half times taller than Pikes Peak.
- The raw water tank at the Water Treatment Plant has a capacity of 10 million gallons, enough to fill 200,000 bathtubs.
- 5,401 truckloads of pipe to SDS projects
- Net tons of steel used for pipe furnished was 37,810.