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Phippsburg water gets funding

Colorado Department of Local Affairs awards money to water facility

Susan Cunningham

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs has awarded an additional $102,000 in grant funding and an additional $92,500 in loans to the county to fund improvements to the Phippsburg water supply and treatment facility.

The grant and loan are from the department’s Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance fund.

That brings the total grant for the project to $300,000 and the total loan to $131,000. The funds will be used make more than $500,000 in improvements to the facility to bring it up to state standards.

About $80,000 will be taken from Phippsburg’s water reserves and the remainder of the project could eventually be funded through increased rates for Phippsburg water users, said Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak.

“We now have the additional dollars,” she said.

“It has been painful for all of us,” she said, referring to the process the county has been through to estimate how much the improvements would cost. “And it’s going to be painful for the residents of Phippsburg because their rates are going to go up. But it has to be done.”

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The community’s current facility can disinfect water and control corrosion, but under the Colorado Safe Drinking Water Regulations, the water also should be filtrated. The treatment plant was built in 1980 and does not have enough space for filtration equipment, so a new building is necessary.

In July 2002, the county secured a $150,000 grant and a $38,500 loan from the state’s Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance fund for the project. When the project’s estimated costs rose, the county asked for additional funding and received $48,000 more in grant money.

That $250,000 still was not enough for the project, so Routt County brought another request to the state earlier this month.

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