July 30, 2012--Water district in talks (Durango Herald)

La Plata-Archuleta Water District and city of Bayfield officials are scheduled to meet Tuesday to review an agreement on expansion of the municipal water-treatment plant. The water district wants to invest in the city plant instead of building its own to serve future customers in the two counties. “The district would pay for expansion of the plant to serve all customers,” Steve Harris, the district engineer, said Friday. “The designed capacity of the plant is 1.5 million gallons a day, and we’d expand it to 2.5 mgd.” Harris estimated the cost at $5 million and said work could begin next spring. The plant currently treats about 900,000 gallons of water a day, Harris said. “It’s rare to have two governing bodies in agreement,” Harris said. “But this is a good one that will save money for future city and future district water users.”

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