Construction is underway at the Phillip H. Tollefson Water Treatment Plant on the Mesa to enhance its performance and efficiency in treating drinking water for our community.
The $30+million upgrade is expected to be finished in 2020.
The scope of the overall project includes:
• Reconfiguration of the solids drying beds
• Construction of a new main pretreatment building
• Construction of two small auxiliary buildings
• Construction of a new raw water vault
The facility, originally called the Colorado Springs Filter Plant and later Mesa Water Treatment Plant, was commissioned in 1942 and expanded in the 1960s and again in the 1980s. The plant treats water that falls as snow and rain in the Pikes Peak watershed and flows through our hydroelectric plants before being treated to drinking water standards. Mesa also treats water that that comes through the Blue River pipeline.
In August 2018, the facility was rededicated as the Phillip H. Tollefson Water Treatment Plant on the Mesa. Tollefson served as Springs Utilities CEO from 1993 through 2005.
Cellular Tower Planned
In collaboration with AT&T and T-Mobile, a new cellular tower, known as a monopine for its resemblance to a pine tree, is proposed to replace the outdated cell units on the water tower.
Thank you for your patience as we work to enhance the treatment of water for Colorado Springs.