by Lane Roberts
This fall, residents can expect to see construction in the Xcel power line corridor that runs through the City of Castle Pines North (CPN).
No, the power lines are not being buried.
Instead, the Castle Pines North Metro District is partnering with the Centennial Water and Sanitation District and the Town of Castle Rock to build the “Centennial to Castle Rock Interconnect Pipeline Project.”
The water transportation pipeline is an integral part of the Chatfield Reservoir reallocation project. The pipeline project is set to begin this Fall although the exact timing of actual pipeline construction has yet to be determined. It is hoped that the pipeline project will be operational by the summer of 2009.
According to CPN Metro District Manager Jim McGrady, the 8.5 mile 30” pipeline will run from Highlands Ranch through Castle Pines North along the Xcel power line corridor and end at a water storage facility in Castle Rock.
The purpose of the pipeline is to have wastewater return flows from Castle Rock and CPN delivered into Chatfield Reservoir via East Plum Creek diverted by Centennial Water and Sanitation District, treated, and returned back to both communities (CPN and Castle Rock.)
It will also be used to deliver water derived from the District’s 2004 Plum Creek water rights and any water potentially sold to the District and the Town of Castle Rock by Denver Water.
“This project will be used to capture our waste water return flows, our 2004 Plum Creek water rights, and water from Denver Water thereby dramatically reducing the amount of Denver Basin Well water being pumped by the District. On a per-acre-foot cost basis, this is the least cost renewable water project we can develop and it provides the District peace of mind knowing we now have a way to deliver renewable water to our community” said McGrady.
The Metro District is currently pursuing the acquisition of approximately 900 acre feet of storage space in the Chatfield Reservoir. The pipeline will allow the Metro District to transfer water stored in Chatfield directly to the community and possibly to Rueter Hess Reservoir for future use.
The Metro District is also working on other regional South Metro partnerships, including a proposed pipeline from E-470 to Rueter Hess Reservoir and another pipeline from Barr Lake to the East Cherry Creek Valley storage tanks at Smoky Hill Road.
According to McGrady, the Metro District is also exploring the feasibility of the construction of a potential reservoir near the Plum Creek Waste Water Authority near Highway 85 and Happy Canyon Road.
To learn more about this project and other major water projects visit www.cpnmd.org or contact Jim McGrady at 303-688-8550 or e-mail Contact by email .