A temporary agreement has been reached between the Colorado Bureau of Reclamation and Pueblo West, with the assistance of Colorado Springs Utilities and Pueblo County. This agreement will open the Northern Outlet Works for water delivery into Pueblo West for the duration of the coming weekend. Under the agreement, the water will begin flowing from the Southern Delivery System (SDS) Northern Outlet Works this evening to mitigate the potential for any additional problems with the 24-inch South Outlet Works pipeline.

Regional water partners agreed to terms and representations below:

  1. Emergency Use. The alternate use of the North Outlet Works connection is required by the urgent need to shut off water deliveries into Pueblo West’s 24-inch pipeline from the South Outlet Works in order to diagnose and repair a leak that has occurred in that pipeline from the South Outlet Works. Use of the North Outlet Works connection would allow continued water deliveries to Pueblo West through that pipeline above the leak.
  2. Temporary Use. For now, the use of the North Outlet Works connection is to be temporary, up to 30 days from the start of use, or longer as needed for the repairs with 30 day extensions upon notice by Pueblo West to the Parties.
  3. Monitoring of Water Usage. BUREC, however, requested Pueblo West to account for     and report to BUREC the amounts of water delivered through the North Outlet Works during this temporary usage.
  4. Safety. In response to my question, assurances were given that the temporary delivery of the water to Pueblo West through the North Outlet Works connection could be operated safely.

All parties will reconvene Monday, February 22nd to finalize outstanding issues for a longer temporary agreement that will allow Pueblo West to fully address the problems with the 24-inch South Outlet Works pipeline.

The Pueblo West Metropolitan District thanks our regional water partners for their rapid response to this issue and looks forward to finalizing a longer-term temporary agreement on Monday.

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