District pursues water project

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The South Routt School District is moving forward with a project to water athletic fields with untreated water.

The school district is working with the town of Oak Creek to create a way to pump untreated water from a nearby creek, Oak Creek, onto its fields.

The South Routt School Board was updated on the progress of the project during Wednesday's board meeting.

The project could cost about $20,000, but it should save money in the long run, South Routt Superintendent Steve Jones said. The Upper Yampa Water District is expected to provide financial assistance.

If Oak Creek goes to a metered system, which recently has been considered by the Town Board, it could cost about $2,000 a year to water the three fields. Metered water could cost about $2 per 1,000 gallons, and watering the fields each season requires about 1 million gallons.

Using that much water also could put a dent in Oak Creek's water supply, Jones said, so getting the water from another source would be helpful.

"It's sort of a win-win situation for both the town and the school district," he said.

The goal is to have the project completed this summer, Jones said.

The pumping system would pull untreated water from Oak Creek, which is near the fields.

The water would be taken from a section of the creek that is on town property.

The school district is working on a boring project under the railroad and Colorado Highway 131. A pipe would be run through the hole to bring water to the fields.

In related business, the School Board reviewed the budget item by item. No major changes were made, except that a new expense was added to support students who qualify for state competitions in various activities.

The School Board hired Karen Bertollini as the secondary school art teacher for the 2005-06 school year.

The board also approved a new staff salary schedule that results in an increase of $0.60 per hour for most support staff.

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