Idledale water storage tank to be retired after 30 years

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By Vicky Gits

The Idledale Water and Sanitation District is ready to begin work this winter on building a new 250,000-gallon water tank to supply the 125 homeowners in the district west of Morrison.

The existing concrete tank isn’t leaking but is “at the end of its useful life,” said AJ Beckman, district manager with Special District Management Services of Lakewood, a consulting firm that handles 35 special districts.

“It’s an old piece of equipment that was destined to fail,” Beckman said. The new one will meet current health standards. The existing tank is at least 30 years old, Beckman said.

The tank will be saved and used to store water to fight fires.

The construction site is about 5 miles up Grapevine Road on the northeast corner of Grapevine and Sawmill Gulch roads, west of Morrison off Highway 74.

All of the water is sourced from four surrounding underground wells.

Bosco Constructors of Englewood won the assignment with a bid of $436,000 from about five submissions. Construction is expected to be finished by March.

The district is also seeking to replace the cast-iron water pipe that runs from the water storage tank to the distribution system, once all the easements have been obtained.

The district is budgeting an increase in water rates of about $10 a month, starting in 2010, to cover debt repayment. The average water bill currently is about $75 a month.

The upgrade is being financed with a 30-year, $920,000 loan supplied by U.S. Bank.

Contact Vicky Gits at 303-350-1042 or vicky@evergreenco.com.