Resiliency program adds second treatment plant and water source to regional supply
MONTROSE, COLORADO – Project 7 Water Authority invites the public to learn more about the Regional Water Supply & Resiliency Program at a Community Open House at the site of a proposed new drinking water treatment plant. The in-person event will be Wednesday, July 27, at 5:00 p.m.
Today, more than 50,000 people in the municipalities and rural areas of the Uncompahgre River Valley receive drinking water from one treatment plant and one source: the Gunnison River, conveyed through the Gunnison Tunnel. This existing single source system makes the regional drinking water supply susceptible to significant risks from wildfire, prolonged drought and infrastructure failure.
By adding a second drinking water treatment facility, located south of Colona in the US-550 corridor, the Regional Water Supply & Resiliency Program will strengthen and secure the regional drinking system for years to come. Once operational in 2026, the program is anticipated to add approximately 6 million gallons of water per day – a more than 15% increase in the region’s drinking water supply.
- Who: Project 7 Water Authority and its member entities:
The City of Montrose, City of Delta, Town of Olathe, Tri-County Water Conservancy District, Chipeta Water District, Menoken Water District
- What: Regional Drinking Water Supply & Resiliency Program Community Open House
- When: Wednesday, July 27, 2022
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Where: 35679 US-550, Montrose, CO 81403
At the location of the proposed new water treatment plant. Just south of Colona on the west side of the highway. Parking available onsite at the large green barn.
About Project 7 Water Authority
Since 1977, Project 7 Water Authority has supplied high-quality potable drinking water to more than 50,000 people in the Uncompahgre River Valley. Established to address regional water shortages caused by undersized and outdated treatment facilities, Project 7 is unique cooperative effort among seven water entities: City of Montrose, City of Delta, Town of Olathe, Tri-County Water Conservancy District, Chipeta Water District, Menoken Water District, and Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association. Learn more at Project7Water.org or email Project7@Montrose.net