Major upgrades for 76-year-old water treatment plant at Mesa & Fillmore
For those who may have noticed construction activity in and around the Mesa Water Treatment Plant in recent weeks, the work reflects “performance and efficiency" upgrades, according to a press release and website information.
Located just west of Coronado High School, the Colorado Springs Utilities facility is at the northeast corner of Fillmore Street and Mesa Road.
The project is scheduled to continue into late 2020. However, the Springs Utilities press release adds that “most of the noisy work - demolition of the basins and other structures located near the center of the campus - is expected to end in late July.”
Construction of new facilities is to begin late this summer or early fall.
The project scope involves updated equipment and new buildings, including those dating back to when the plant was commissioned in 1942 and expanded
The website defines the scope of new work as "reconfiguration of the solids drying beds; and construction of a new main pretreatment building, two small auxiliary buildings and a new raw water vault."
Water is piped to the plant from different locations. One of these is Pikes Peak - the diversion is from Fountain Creek at 33rd Street - while others are on the opposite side of the Continental Divide where the city owns water rights. The facility treats the raw water and tests it for purity before releasing it into the city water system. Most of Colorado Springs is served from this plant.
In a related effort, Utilities is planning a new cellular tower atop the plant's water tower. The project will be in collaboration with service providers AT&T and T- Mobile. The structure is “known as a monopine for its resemblance to a pine tree [and will] replace outdated cell units on the water tower,” the press release states.
The combined height of the monopine and the 72-foot tower will be 106 feet, according to Natalie Eckhart of Utilities.
She said the only public comments received about the monopine have been “from neighbors happy about the prospect of improved cellular service in the area.”
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