Hayden looks to up YVRA water



The Yampa Valley Regional Airport, shown here Thursday, needs additional water to keep up with the airport's growth, Hayden officials say.

— Hayden hopes to increase the amount of water it can pump to Yampa Valley Regional Airport in anticipation of the continued expansion of the facility, town officials said.

"We're just looking to do some necessary upgrades," Mayor Joseph Schminkey said.

Town Manager Russ Martin said the upgrades are long-term.

Airport Manager Dave Ruppel said the facility's current needs, including the amount of water that would be needed in the event of a fire, are being met.

"What they're looking at is a plan for the future," Ruppel said. "Currently, we're fine."

The airport's master plan calls for significant growth, and Ruppel said the addition of just a few more hangars would require more water than currently available. In addition, Ruppel said there has been a lot of interest from businesses that would like to locate near the airport and would need to be serviced by the same pumps and lines.

Martin said three water pumps of varying sizes service the airport and that the town hopes to add a fourth large pump. The upgrade would be funded with money previously allocated for a service line to a police station the town hopes to build.

Martin said both projects are needed, and the Hayden Town Board decided the water issue at the airport was the more immediate concern. Schminkey said there are several different avenues the town could pursue to fund the service line for the police station and said he did not expect the project to be delayed.

Ruppel said the town is considering adding a water tank at the airport. Ruppel said a tank might raise some air space issues around the airport, but that he believes there is a site that could work. Ruppel said a tank would be preferable for the long term because it would reduce the response time for getting water to the airport's sprinkler system in the event of an emergency. The amount of stress placed on Hayden's water system would also be reduced if a tank were installed.


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