View to the Future

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There are several projects currently in progress that will have a significant effect on the facility.  Required funds for most projects are available in the sewer enterprise funds in each city and have been budgeted as necessary.  Large capital projects may require loans and or grants to be obtained.


Agricultural land was purchased in 1997 for the beneficial use program.  This program accomplishes the disposal of biosolids in an environmentally safe and productive manner.  Land ownership will give the cities total control of this critical program.  A site development plan has been established and work has been completed to establish equipment storage/maintenance facilities and employee facilities at the site.


The Phase Ib construction project was completed in 1999.  The project was necessary to meet capacity requirements for the next few years and provided some rehabilitation work for existing facilities.  The Phase Ib construction contract was $17,000,000 and began in 1997.


In 2000 due to a rapid increase in wastewater flows a capacity assessment and facility planning study was conducted to update the Long Range Plan.  The study was completed in early 2001 by Brown and Caldwell Engineers and recommended that predesign and design of plant improvements should start immediately.  It was determined that the most cost effective expansion and upgrade would incorporate the Phase Ic project and  major portions of the previously identified Phase II project.  This project then became known as the Phase 2 Expansion Project.  Design commenced in 2002 and was completed in early 2004 when the Phase 2 Expansion Project was put out to bid.


Project construction bids were received in May 2004.  The Phase 2 Expansion construction amount is $87,000,000 and will be completed by 2008.  The total Phase 2 Expansion project budget is estimated to be over $114,000,000 and is funded by each cities sewer reserve fund, State Revolving Loans, Water Revenue Bonds, and a federal grant from EPA.


The State, EPA and DRCOG are performing a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Study on the South Platte River.  The study will determine permit conditions relative to total inorganic nitrogen (ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite) for the facility in the future.  The current permit was issued in November 2009 and contains several compliance schedules that must be met. There are several important issues surrounding permit renewal, including total inorganic nitrogen, biomonitoring, metals limitations, additional ammonia requirements and possibly air quality control issues.


Denver Mayor Hickenloper’s (started by former Mayor Webb) South Platte River Commission seeks to continue the improvement of the quality of the river through Denver.  The plant is a major point source discharger to the river and will stay involved in this effort.


These are the major issues identified so far.  Changes in the regulatory climate and additional requirements may occur to expand this scope of work; however, the long-range plan established in 1988 is still in effect and provides the basis for planning and responding to changes required at the plant.