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  1. 9/24/2010 DENVER WATER’S STRONTIA SPRINGS SEDIMENT REMOVAL PROJECT WILL RESULT IN FUTURE RATE INCREASES FOR DISTRICT CUSTOMERS
  2. Denver Water has executed a contract in the amount of $30,046,500 for dredging services for removal of sediment in Strontia Springs Reservoir.  Increased sediment - a result of forest fires (notably Buffalo Creek and Hayman) and subsequent intense rains over the years - has created reservoir operational challenges and is causing water quality issues that are impacting the functions of the Foothills and Marston water treatment plants and service to Denver Water’s 1.3 million customers in the Denver Metro area.  At the completion of this project, over 625,000 cubic yards of sediment - enough to fill the Invesco at Mile High stadium to a height of more than 200 feet - will be removed from the reservoir’s floor increasing its overall storage capacity.
     
    The cost of this project, in addition to other ongoing infrastructure rehabilitation projects being conducted by Denver Water, will will ultimately result in future water rate increases to District customers.
     
    The Strontia Springs project has received recent media attention due to the closure of the popular Waterton Canyon recreation area in order to return the canyon road to its main function - to serve as a vital access road to Strontia Springs Reservoir where heavy machinery and oversize vehicles will travel for the duration of the project. The first closure runs from Aug. 2 through Dec. 3, 2010 to install the equipment to clean out the sludge from the bottom of the reservoir. The second closure runs from Feb. 28, 2011 through the rest of next year. During this longer closure, Denver Water will start removing debris, ash, trees and mud that have washed into the reservoir.
     
    At the completion of the project, Denver Water will reopen the canyon and once again invite the public to enjoy this popular recreational amenity.
     
    For more information about the sediment removal project and cost allocations, please visit Denver Water’s Waterton Canyon Closure webpage at www.denverwater.org/Recreation/WatertonCanyon/FAQs/