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Big news for water districts around county


Last updated 9/27/2022 at 12:39pm | View PDF

I hope everyone is doing great today. I enjoyed a lovely weekend, taking in the Regional Air Show while also getting some important work done for the county the past several days. One of those highlights, on Monday, was the announcement and details of the ARPA grants I mentioned last week. I believe the county did an excellent job of identifying important water and wastewater-related projects to be funded and that benefit residents.

This past Monday, El Paso County announced the recipients of its Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grant, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The grants ($20.9 million total) were awarded to projects throughout El Paso County that enhance drinking water infrastructure, upgrade facilities, manage sewage and/or sustainability efforts or improve distribution and storage facilities. This investment will help to ensure that our community has access to clean and safe water now and in the future. I'm proud that several Fountain Valley-related projects received significant funding for our residents. Below is the list of the Commissioner District 4 projects, out of 16 total for the county.

District 4 Projects

• Security Water District - This project will upgrade the water treatment plant to help mitigate PFAS contamination.

• Venetucci Farm – This project will create a usable water source for both drinking and sewer water for the property. This project is part of the county's ongoing PFAS mitigation efforts.

• City of Fountain – This project will help provide an additional water source for the City of Fountain for future development and to keep up with increasing demands.

• Widefield Water and Sanitation – This project will upgrade an existing booster pump station that will help provide drinking water to customers.

• Stratmoor Hills Water District – This project will help bring the water district's interconnection system up to current requirements.

Also, to help get the word out on local efforts and projects, the county is expanding into podcasts to keep you even better informed. Look for El Paso County's New Podcast – "Beyond the Dais, The Stories of El Paso County." As the most populous county in Colorado, El Paso County has just as many stories to tell as people to tell them. This podcast will endeavor to share those stories.

From local government officials to leaders in the community, "Beyond the Dais" will step off the elevated platform of the Chamber and shine a spotlight on the people working to make El Paso County a great place to visit, work, and live. And starting now, you can listen in on your podcast platform of choice! Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and Google Podcasts. Thanks, and enjoy a great week, all.


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