Richmond looking at major improvements to city water system

RICHMOND–Discussions on the new 2-million gallon water tank and other improvements to the city’s existing water system continued at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. “It’s important that people understand it’s not just a water tank we’re talking about,” Councilman Brad Jensen said at the meeting, “these are water system upgrades.” A few years ago, council members realized the city’s two existing water tanks would not be enough to comply with state fire flow regulations. In other words, if there was a major fire, the existing water system might not be able to generate enough pressure. Plans are underway to build a new water tank at the mouth of Cherry Creek Canyon. Jensen said the council is looking at other improvements, in addition to the new tank, to address water pressure issues and improve the city’s entire water system. He said that other than the tank, additional projects will still need to be approved by the council and public hearings will be held throughout the next several months. Additional water projects include equalizing water pressure by “looping” water lines around a block instead of ending them abruptly, increasing the size of some water lines, building pressure-reducing valves and developing Cherry Creek well to meet drinking water standards. “You have to be proactive and address your infrastructure before it becomes an emergency situation,” Jensen said after the meeting. “Regardless if another home is built in Richmond, we need to make these improvements. We’re not paying for development, we’re paying for existing deficiencies.”

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