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Apr 22, 2010 2:39 PM by Greg Boyce

Pueblo West proposes putting wastewater in Lake Pueblo

The Pueblo West Metropolitan District will submit a plan Thursday to the Pueblo Area Council of Governments to send waste water into the Pueblo Reservoir. 

Right now Pueblo West sewage is treated at a facility on the east edge of Pueblo West, just south of Highway 50.  That water runs into Wildhorse Creek and eventually to the Arkansas River on Pueblo's west side.  But only 30 percent of that water makes it to the river.  Since Pueblo West has the right to re-use that water, Metro District Director Larry Howe-Kerr says it makes more sense to pipe the water to the west end of the Desert Hawk Golf Course and put it into a drainage that then empties into the Pueblo Reservoir.  Howe-Kerr says that would allow more than 90 percent of the waste water to be re-used.  Since Pueblo West growth could be limited in the future by water supply issues, he believes it makes sense to explore this alternative.  Howe-Kerr says the plan is safe for those who use the lake as a source of water, including Pueblo West and just downstream, the City of Pueblo.

The Pueblo Area Council of Governments will accept comment on the proposal at 6 p.m. Thursday.  That meeting happens at the Pueblo County Conference Room at 1001 N. Santa Fe Avenue.

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