From the Colorado Springs Independent (Pam Zubeck):
Here’s an update on SDS’s progress in 2012:
Nearly 30 miles of pipeline installed to date — more than half the total pipeline for Phase 1; Nearly all pipeline installed in Pueblo County — with only approximately 0.3 miles remaining; Completion and successful testing of the new Pueblo Dam connection; • Began construction of the first phase of power supply infrastructure for the future Bradley Pump Station in El Paso County; Achieved significant milestone of 500,000 hours worked with no “lost-time” safety incidents; Completed 100 percent design on the water treatment plant and worked closely with contractor to competitively bid construction work packages to achieve best possible price; Advanced design on the raw water pump stations to 90 percent and restructured procurement approach to maximize competition for construction and deliver best value; Acquired all the land needed for construction in Pueblo County with transactions finalized on more than 204 parcels of the nearly 300 total required project-wide; Negotiated cooperative agreement with Mountain View Electric Association allowing Colorado Springs Utilities to provide power service to the Williams Creek Pump Station at lower rates and retaining full long-term operational and financial control of this critical asset; and Hosted multiple, regional business outreach events to encourage local contractor participation — to date, a total of nearly 170 Colorado businesses have performed work on SDS.
Staff continues to execute a rigorous program management plan to drive for efficiencies and reduce costs in the planning and implementation of the project. The project is currently forecasting completion about $68 million below budget. Greater certainty about the final project cost will be achieved with the execution of construction contracts for the water treatment plant and raw water pump stations, anticipated by early 2013.