Deberard Draw Sanitary Sewer System project wraps up |

Deberard Draw Sanitary Sewer System project wraps up

Lance Maggart

Sewer systems may not receive much fanfare but if you have ever experienced the joys of a backed up toilet you will understand how important it is to have quality sewer service.

Last spring the Town of Granby began work on a large sewer construction program in the Granby Ranch area called the Deberard Draw Sanitary Sewer System project. The $3 million project is nearly completed with contractors wrapping up punch lists and conducting the final portions of work. Granby Town Manager Wally Baird said contracting firms working on the project hope to complete work by the end of this month.

The project involved the installation of a gravity flow sewer line down Deberard Draw to allow sewage from the Granby Ranch area to flow into Granby’s existing municipal sewer system. Most of the work is being conducted in Deberard Draw, which runs northeast from the base of Granby Ranch down the mountain slope towards Golf Granby Ranch and the Fraser River.

Previously sewage from the Granby Ranch area was transported to Granby’s municipal sewer system via lift stations that pumped the sewage up and over the hills in the area. When Town officials began considering they project they also considered replacing a malfunctioning lift station, one of two that serviced the area, rather than installing a gravity flow line.

Baird explained that the gravity flow line was significantly more expensive in upfront costs as compared to the installation of a new pump station but the Town felt installing the gravity flow line would save money over the long term. He pointed out the lift station would have significant ongoing costs related to electricity and filters, whereas the gravity flow line does not.

Contractors will be soon be moving on to the final phases of the project including removing the existing lift stations and filling and sealing the holes left by their removal. Both lift stations have remained offline since last November. The one working lift station will be repurposed by the Town for use on the recently purchased Shorefox property on the north end of Granby.

The Deberard Draw Sewer project kicked off last spring with work continuing throughout the summer before the winter stalled efforts. Officials from Granby’s municipal government initiated discussions for the project in 2010. Residents of the Granby Ranch area can expect to see an increase in their sewer rates, roughly $55 per quarter. Funding for the project was secured in the form of a loan from the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority.

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