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North Water Treatment Plant

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Construction of the Breckenridge North 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.

For more information on the North Water Treatment Plant, please review this presentation. 


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.

Quick Facts 

  • We will install approximately 23,600 feet ( or 4.5 miles) of mainline pipe. That is the equivalent of running 18 times around a 400-meter track.
  • The new water treatment plant will have the ability to treat 3 million gallons of drinking water per day, which is the equivalent of filling 4.5 Olympic swimming pools in one day.
  • A 3’ diameter by 350’ long steel casing pipe will be hand tunneled under Hwy 9. A person will dig at the front of the casing while the entire casing is advanced by a jacking mechanism.
  • We will pour approximately 5500 cubic yards of concrete. We will move approximately 13,000 cubic yards of dirt at the water treatment plant site.
  • We will pump water from Lake Dillon to the North Storage Tank which is an elevation gain of 800 feet. 

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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.

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