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Water rates rank high

Water rates rank high

Leon Festinger’s theory of cognitive dissonance refers to “the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values.” Many Colorado Springs homeowners may experience such a state when their monthly Utilities bill arrives. One of them, Mike Graham, reacted by sending us… Continue Reading Water rates rank high

As our elected leaders continue finding new ways to avoid cooperating on important issues, there’s a growing sense that perhaps doing nothing beats making a serious mistake. So, once again, we’re hearing rumbles that the stormwater fee for El Paso County property owners might not make it onto the November ballot, after all. Never mind… Continue Reading Beware of Pueblo’s rising ire

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SDS: There is no Plan B

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SDS: There is no Plan B

Our water and SDS: Last of a three-part series Few companies have long-term horizons. Managers and shareholders alike understand that they live in a world of creative destruction, described 72 years ago by Joseph Schumpeter as the “process of industrial mutation that incessantly revolutionizes the economic structure from within, incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating… Continue Reading SDS: There is no Plan B

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Water: When will we need more?

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Water: When will we need more?

Our water and SDS: Second of a three-part series Next: Bargain or boondoggle? Is Southern Delivery System the future of the city or a needless extravagance? How much water will we need from SDS in 2016? In 2040? In 2013, city residents used 78,067 acre-feet of water, 3,000 acre-feet less than in 1986. Is such… Continue Reading Water: When will we need more?

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SDS: It’s a long story

In the late 1980s, water managers at Colorado Springs Utilities still hoped to build a major water diversion structure that would have taken water from the Holy Cross Wilderness Area south of Vail and eventually transported it to Colorado Springs and Aurora. That effort, more than a decade in planning, had been delayed by Eagle… Continue Reading SDS: It’s a long story

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Utilities analysis: SDS under budget and on time

Fifty years from now, residents of Colorado Springs will be pleased the leaders of today developed the Southern Delivery System, say a number of state water specialists. The oft-maligned $898 million project will have the capacity to pump 50 million gallons of Arkansas River Basin water per day north to Colorado Springs. The project is… Continue Reading Utilities analysis: SDS under budget and on time

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SDS breaks ground on last section in Pueblo County

Construction for Southern Delivery System began Tuesday on the Juniper Pump Station at Lake Pueblo State Park and the last remaining section of pipeline in Pueblo County. Area businesses that will perform work or provide materials to build SDS components in the county participated in a brick-laying ceremony, from 2 – 3 p.m. Some of the largest components… Continue Reading SDS breaks ground on last section in Pueblo County

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The Southern Delivery System has had its day in court – and it was successful. The Colorado Court of Appeals reversed a Pueblo County judge’s ruling against a state water quality certification for the SDS project, which will bring water from the Pueblo Reservoir to Colorado Springs, the biggest water project in decades for Colorado… Continue Reading Appeals court overturns SDS water-quality ruling

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On Valentine’s Day, newly seated Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace wrote a letter to Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach, expressing concerns over the increased danger of catastrophic flooding along Fountain Creek. That danger, Pace pointed out, is a direct consequence of Colorado Springs’ inability and/or unwillingness to fund its backlog of stormwater infrastructure maintenance and… Continue Reading Pace picks up on Pueblo’s stormwater, SDS concerns

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Businesses are likely to see their water bills increase 8.6 percent during 2013 and again in 2014, and as much as 5 percent in 2015 as Colorado Springs Utilities seeks to offset costs for the mammoth Southern Delivery System. Residential rates are likely to increase as much as 10 percent during 2013 and 2014 and 5… Continue Reading Business water-rates to jump 18% in two years

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