Kremmling seeks grants to fund water projects |

Kremmling seeks grants to fund water projects

Grand County, Colorado

Kremmling plans to replace half its water distribution lines, complete maintenance work at its water plant and repair Jones Reservoir No. 2 this year.

It will cost $2 million to replace about 10,000 feet of the water distribution line, which will run from the water transmission line to the southwestern part of town, said Town Manager Ted Soltis.

Kremmling replaced part of its water transmission line last year.

The town used $300,000 from its water enterprise fund and $200,000 from its general fund to apply for a $1.5 million Colorado Department of Local Affairs grant. The town will know if it will be awarded the DOLA grant in mid-April, Soltis said.

From mid-January to mid-February, RJ Consulting Engineers of Denver will begin survey work. From March through mid-April engineers will develop a preliminary and a final design. The town will advertise and take bids from mid-April through mid-May.

The bid opening and analysis will then take place from May to June. During that time, engineers will review the bids to ensure they are legitimate, after which the town will reward a bid, according to Soltis.

The town will apply for the same type of grant to replace the remainder of the water transmission line in 2010, he said.

This winter, about $11,000 will pay for maintenance work at the Kremmling water plant. The money was budgeted from the town’s water enterprise fund, Soltis said.

“Every year we do some maintenance and repair,” he added. “We have a number of pumps and have been slowly overhauling them.”

Work will also be done to repair leakage at Jones Reservoir No. 2. In 2008, the town tried to determine what was causing the water leak. Information is still being gathered to establish the expense of the project. Work will begin this spring.

This project is also budgeted for in Kremmling’s water enterprise fund. The town will pay for 26.2 percent of the cost and Grand River Ranch will cover the rest of the fee, Soltis said.

” Katie Looby covers government and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or

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