Construction work is now underway at the Mesa Water Treatment Plant to enhance its performance and efficiency in treating drinking water for our citizen-owners. These upgrades are expected to be finished in late 2020.
Construction work continuing through early July includes demolition of basins and other structures located near the center of the campus. Heavy equipment and dump trucks will be used to break up and remove concrete and other materials, producing significant noise. Truck traffic will be coordinated and staged inside the campus gate to minimize impacts on Fillmore Street and Mesa Road.
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 Mesa Water Treatment Plant – soon to be rededicated as the Phillip H. Tollefson 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.
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and T-Mobile, a new cellular tower, known as a monopine for its resemblance to a pine tree, is proposed to replace the outdated cell units on the water tower.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.