Construction of the Breckenridge 2nd Water Treatment Plant was financed by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). The DWSRF program is administered by the Water Quality Grants and Loans division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) with joint funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Colorado. This project will increase the town’s water treatment capacity by 3 MGD and will provide water quality benefits including modern water treatment technology, water treatment capability to supplement the aging Gary Roberts Water Treatment Plant, a second source of potable water to mitigate wildfire concerns, and additional build-out capacity for community residents and businesses in and around the Town of Breckenridge. DWSRF programs operate around the country to provide states and communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure that protects our valuable water resources nationwide.
In 2011, a task force was established to consider issues relative to the Town’s water system. It became apparent that the raw water supply to the existing Gary Roberts Water Treatment Plant (GRWTP) would be very low in an extreme drought and this may risk being able to provide enough water once build-out is achieved. In addition to the water supply issue during drought conditions, other concerns such as water quality after a wildfire, redundancy of treatment capacity, operational flexibility and environmental health of the river were discussed.
As a result, the Second Water Plant Feasibility Study was performed to better understand if a second water plant would be beneficial. The study considered things like the future population growth, water quantity, water quality, water rights, potential plant locations, potential distribution improvements and estimated costs.
The study recommended a 3 MGD plant to meet future population demands, provide redundancy to the existing treatment plant, provide alternative water supplies in case of a wildfire in our watershed, and provide additional service to the existing homes and lots near the existing water system boundary.
The feasibility study can be reviewed by chapter at the following connections.
Feasibility Study Title, Contents
Plant Feasibility Study Executive Summary
Plant Feasibility Study 1.0 Potable Water Demand Projection
Plant Feasibility Study 2.0 Plant Size and Treatment Process
Plant Feasibility Study 3.0 Plant Site Analysis
Plant Feasibility Study 4.0 Distribution System Improvements
Plant Feasibility Study 5.0 Estimated Costs, Implementation Schedule and Recommendations
Plant Feasibility Study 6.0 Financing
Plant Feasibility Study 7.0 Wildfire Impacts and Utility Response
Plant Feasibility Study 8.0 Appendices
The Town began the planning and development of this second water plant in 2016; engineering designs are slated for completion in 2017 with construction beginning in 2018 with completion by the end 2020.