Michael H. Cantin Water Complex Frequently Asked Questions

Colorado Centre Metropolitan District

Michael H. Cantin Water Complex

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why is this water treatment plant necessary?

Although it was not required by any regulatory agency, the level of manganese, a secondary contaminant in the well water used by the District, was six times higher than desirable. By adding the filtration system, the water delivered to the District’s customers will now contain less than half the maximum amount of manganese.

 

Why couldn’t the water be treated at an existing plant and pumped to Colorado Centre?

There are no other treatment plants near Colorado Centre that could treat water owned by the District. The new Southern Delivery System plant to the north along Marksheffel Road will treat mostly Colorado Springs water with minor participation by the City of Fountain and Security. The source water for that plant is all surface water being pumped from the Arkansas River and Pueblo Reservoir.

 

When did planning for this facility begin?

The dreaming stage for the facility began in 2000 and lasted about six years. The addition of new land into the District brought to reality this dream. After annexing Cuchares Ranch into the District, research began in earnest to find a good and proven manganese removal system. In 2014, the District began talking to Filtronics, Inc. of Anaheim, Calif. In 2015 the District contracted with Filtronics to buy the plant and then engaged T-Bone Construction of Colorado Springs to design and build the facilities to house the plant.

 

Why did it take so long for the plant to be built?

First, there was no money. Then when money was likely to become available, the District had to participate in the Lower Fountain Regional Wastewater plant at a cost of almost $8 million, just for the District’s share. During those years, the District chose not to risk overextending itself and waited to finish one project to start the next.

 

How much did the plant cost to build?

By the time all is said and done, the plant will have cost approximately $1.9 million, including design, construction, inspections, filtration plant delivery and installation, controls and other requirements.

 

 

How was construction funded?

Purely from District’s Capital Funds set aside for projects like this one.

 

How long did it take to build the plant?

The physical construction took a little over a year; however, the planning, design and permitting began about six months before construction.

 

Is this plant replacing or supplementing an existing water treatment plant?

It is supplementing the existing water treatment that includes a chlorinator and sequestering agent used to treat the well water. The new filtration plant eliminates the need to use the sequestering agent, which will also reduce operational costs.

 

What special technology, if any, is being used in the water treatment process?

The filtration of the manganese laden water is performed by using a proprietary Electromedia-1, which is a trademark of Filtronics Inc.

 

How much water will be treated daily?

The District currently produces a maximum of about 800,000 gallons per day during peak production. It only owns water rights that permit an average daily pumping of 732,000 gallons per day for every day of the year (267,179,600 gallons). The District only uses about 90,000,000 gallons per year. However, the plant as installed can treat up to 1,250 gallons per minute or 1,800,000 gallons per day with full treatment redundancy. So, the plant could treat 3,600,000 gallons per day if both filtration vessels were run simultaneously.

 

What will happen if additional water treatment capacity is necessary?

The plant is designed to potentially add a mirror image of itself in the future, if ever necessary. All the structural, piping and control components have been designed and built to allow this expansion.

 

How many households will benefit from the treatment plant?

There will be 1,125 households as soon as the last 15 homes are built in Cuchares filing 7. There will be another 1,000 homes that will be served in the interim for Colorado Springs Utilities.

 

What commercial facilities will benefit from the treatment plant?

There are 7 commercial accounts.

 

How will this treatment plant impact water rates for users?

Preliminary numbers confirm early assessment that the water rates will not increase and quite likely will be reduced.

 

Who were the contractors for the project?

The plant was supplied by Filtronics Inc, of Anaheim, Calif. The Design-Build Package for the building and assembly of the plant was performed by T-Bone Construction of Colorado Springs. The civil design and technical support for the filtration plant installation were performed by JDS Hydro Consultants of Colorado Springs. The Project Management was done by Professional Consultants Incorporated of Colorado Springs.

 

Why is the plant being named for Michael H. Cantin?

Since joining the District’s Board in September 2002, Mike has worked tirelessly to improve the District and to ensure the quality of the services to the customers is the best that it can be at the lowest possible cost. He also has represented the District in the Lower Fountain Metropolitan Sewage Disposal District’s new regional water reclamation facility. He oversees the District’s interest in the handling of its sewage treatment there. Mike has been a strong supporter of the staff and management, which has helped the District attain a level of stability it could only dream of after coming out of bankruptcy in 1992.