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City Council voted 8-1 today to give approval to two water rate increases to pay for  the long-planned Southern Delivery System. The increases, each amounting to 12 percent, will take effect during 2011 and 2012.  Planned increases through 2016 will almost double existing rates. The lone opposing vote came from Councilman Tom Gallagher who said… Continue Reading Council approves water rate increases to pay for SDS

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A “Black Swan” event, according to Nassim Taleb’s popular 2007 book, has three attributes. “First, it is an outlier,” Taleb wrote, “as it lies outside the realm of regular expectations, because nothing in the past can convincingly point to its possibility. Second, it carries an extreme impact. Third, in spite of its outlier status, human… Continue Reading Southern Delivery System: A billion-dollar gambit

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We’re on the verge of beginning construction of the Southern Delivery System, one of the most important water projects in Colorado and the history of our city. The Colorado Springs City Council approved moving forward with SDS construction in order to begin delivering water in 2016. This project will provide the water we’ll need through… Continue Reading SDS will deliver major benefits for decades

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Imagine a “Great Race” which takes 25 years, goes to Pueblo and back, costs the participants $17 million, and at the finish rewards the winners with 3,000 pages of, at least to a layperson, incomprehensible bureaucratese. That, said Colorado Springs Utilities spokeswoman Janet Rummel, is “an apt metaphor” for the long ordeal surrounding the preparation,… Continue Reading Projects like SDS rise and fall on environmental impact studies

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Pueblo approves Southern Delivery System

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Last night, after a three hour hearing, The Pueblo County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve Colorado Springs’ proposed Southern Delivery System, which will deliver water from Pueblo Reservoir to Colorado Springs. The $1.2 billion project, which will also benefit Pueblo West and Fountain, was approved subject to a long list of conditions. The most significant… Continue Reading Pueblo approves Southern Delivery System

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Pueblo issues conditions for SDS

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Pueblo County indicated this morning that there are a number of conditions that must be met before it issues permits for the southern delivery system that will pipe water into Colorado Springs to support future growth. The conditions come after months of negotiations between Springs and Pueblo officials.  “At our initial glance, it looks as if… Continue Reading Pueblo issues conditions for SDS

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