Triview Drills New Wells to Secure Additional Water
You may have noticed drilling equipment in the District over the past few weeks. This work was for drilling two new wells to access additional water sources: the Arapahoe Aquifer (A-9), which is 1,900 feet deep and the Denver Aquifer (D-9), which is 1,400 feet deep. The addition of these wells brings the total number of wells in the District to nine.
The primary purpose of drilling new wells is to create redundancy to ensure there is an adequate water supply for the District for peak demand in the summer months. In the future, the District’s Water Resource Plan calls for meeting 90% of the District’s Demand utilizing renewable surface water. In normal rain/snow years, the surface water is enough to meet most demand, but in the summer, when demand is higher, and in drought years, the wells will be turned on to meet our needs. We will begin pump testing both new wells around the first week of April. They will be in full production by mid-July.
Protecting the District’s Water Supply Amid COVID-19
We want our residents to know that our drinking water is completely safe. While the COVID-19 pandemic is requiring more and more people to work from home, we want to assure you that the Triview Metro District’s water system is designed in such a way that we can fully operate it remotely if necessary. We have also put additional precautions in place at our water treatment plant. Employees are required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as Tyvek suits, rubber gloves, respirators, and sanitizers when work is being done inside the plant.
As the District is always looking to the future for how to best serve our residents and businesses, we’ve ordered additional chlorine to have in reserves should it become more difficult to procure down the road. Chlorine is a highly efficient disinfectant, and is added in small amounts to almost all public water systems to kill bacteria and germs, including any potential coronavirus.
The District will temporarily suspend water shut-off procedures for non-payment of water bills until July 1. Please note that standard late fees for non-payment will still be enforced.
Warning, Do Not Flush Wipes
Please do not put so-called flushable wipes (cleaning, baby, make-up remover, etc.) down the toilet as they cannot break down like toilet paper and are problematic with the sewer collection system. This could lead to sewage back-ups in your homes and result in costly repairs to the District’s entire sewer system. The only paper that should ever go into the toilet is toilet paper.
District Getting Ready for Spring Road Repairs
With spring right around the corner, the District is making plans for annual road repairs, which includes asphalt overlay and road maintenance. Our goal is to make the road work the least disruptive to our residents and businesses as possible. We expect to begin the milling work sometime in April, and then paving soon thereafter. Of course, weather is the biggest factor regarding when we can begin paving. The temperatures need to be above 50 degrees for at least 10 hours a day. Rest assured, we will notify those residents who will be impacted by leaving door hangers on front doors of homes, and posting no-parking signs on the impacted streets in advance of the milling and paving beginning. We will also have flaggers on hand to direct traffic.
The District secured three bids for the project, and we have selected Martin Marietta to perform the work on this $886,000 project. It includes 48,171 square yards of two-inch overlay, full-depth repair of transverse cracks, and full-depth removal and replacement of severely damaged roads. It will also include 2,881 square yards of full-depth reclamation on Colorado Central Way, which means that the workers will remove the entire surface and sub-base and rebuild the road from the sub-base up. Martin Marietta will work hard to ensure the transition from milled streets to our residents’ driveways is as smooth as possible.
This map shows which streets will be repaired this year.
Jackson Creek Parkway Update
Due to the warmer than normal weather, we’re starting work on landscaping medians for Jackson Creek Parkway, including soil preparation and the installation of boulders, small rocks and trees. The final work from Lyons Tail to Leather Chaps will take four to six weeks. Phase 2 of the median work, which will take approximately four weeks, will be completed in June and will extend from Leather Chaps to Higby Road. Kiewit Construction will add a final two-inch lift of asphalt to the newly constructed lanes, upgrading the pedestrian ramps, and adding a new sidewalk from Blevins Buckle to Lyons Tail Road on the east side of Jackson Creek Parkway. For six days, the northbound and southbound lanes will be closed (alternating closures for three days at a time in each direction). Kiewit will be posting signage to inform drivers of the ongoing construction. The District will also provide information on our website and on social media.