The board of directors approved the 2024-2033 Capital Master Plan (Plan) on September 22, 2023. This Plan provides a framework for the district to be proactive in addressing infrastructure needs by identifying, prioritizing and scheduling water and wastewater rehabilitation and replacement projects over the next ten years. The Plan proposes expenditures of $2.7M in 2024 and $30M throughout the 10-year period.
Four water main replacement projects are scheduled for construction next year in the Bow Mar South neighborhood. These projects include the replacement of approximately 4,500 feet of 8″ and 12″ cast iron pipe with advanced levels of electrolysis-caused corrosion with new PVC pipe. The pipe to be replaced was installed in 1963, and was not protected from corrosive soils as is current practice. There have been a combined seven breaks on these water mains. The projected construction cost for these projects is $2,232,000.
2024 Water Main Replacement Projects
S. Laurel Place – This project will replace 758 feet of 6″ cast iron pipe with 6″ PVC pipe in S. Laurel Place from S. Snowberry Drive to W. Bowles Avenue.
S. Snowberry Drive – This project will replace 797 feet of 6″ cast iron pipe with 8″ PVC pipe in S. Snowberry Drive from S. Laurel Place to W. Bowles Avenue. The diameter of pipe was upsized by Denver Water.
Marigold Lane – This project will replace 1,028 feet of 6″ cast iron pipe with 6″ PVC pipe in Marigold Lane from Blue Sage Drive to S. Sumac Lane.
Blue Sage Drive – This project will replace 1,906 feet of 12″ cast iron pipe with 12″ PVC pipe in Blue Sage Drive from W. Berry Avenue to Tule Lake Drive.
The Plan proposes 39 additional water main replacement projects between 2025 and 2033. The district’s water distribution system continues to require significant attention as portions of the system approach the end of its reliable, useful life. It is extremely important that the district maintain a proactive facility maintenance program and comprehensive long-range capital improvement program to detect and repair all district owned infrastructure as necessary.
The Plan allows the district to be proactive rather than reactive when dealing with asset replacement and rehabilitation needs. System modifications are prioritized so the facilities most in need of repair are replaced or rehabilitated in an appropriate timeframe. The goal is to minimize operation and repair expenses by avoiding costly unscheduled repair, replacement, and rehabilitation of deteriorating facilities. Most importantly, an aggressive capital rehabilitation and replacement program helps avoid system deterioration, disruption, and potential safety, health and property damage impacts.