Kremmling water lines replacement project begins |

Kremmling water lines replacement project begins


Katie Looby/Sky-High Daily News

Workers started replacing portions of the 2-mile-long Kremmling water line today as part of a $700,000 project.

“It will benefit Kremmling by giving us a reliable water supply,” said Doug Moses, Kremmling director of Public Works. “This was a project that is necessary for the town to be able to continue to grow.”

Kremmling’s water plant distributes water throughout town. The main transmission water line is leaking, and sections of it have failed in recent years due to corrosion in its steel pipes. The line was installed in the early 1970s.

“Right now we’re losing 60 percent of our water production at the water plant to leakage,” Moses said. “So, over half of the water plant’s production is just going into the ground because the pipes are shot. That’s why we’re doing all of this replacement.”

Workers will replace 8,700 feet of the 12,000 feet water line, Moses said.

“We’re replacing essentially all of the pipeline that we feel is at the end of its service life,” he said. “We’ve evaluated the sections that have been replaced and we’re using some of the stuff we feel is in adequate condition.”

The project is to be completed this year. The main water transmission line will stretch from the town’s water plant located more than two miles west of Kremmling to the town’s western edge, behind Alpine Motor Sports.

As part of the project, the water line must be placed across both DeBerard Ditch and Muddy Creek. These portions of the project are scheduled to be done this fall when water levels have fallen.

“We have to wait until later in the summer to cross Muddy Creek when the flows are down,” Moses added.

“This is the biggest thing the town of Kremmling has going on this summer,” he said of public works projects.

People won’t notice a difference once the line has been updated.

“Infrastructure, pipes that distribute water to a community, is the most expensive asset that the town has,” Moses said. “But it’s invisible ” people don’t ever see it.”

The town’s original estimated cost for the project was about $957,000, but Grant Miller Inc. of Silverthorne agreed to complete the project for $683,883. Kremmling had secured a $478,500 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) for the project, a 50-percent matching grant with the town paying for the other half.

“We’ll get this project completed,” Moses said. “And if there’s money left over and we have time still we’ll do more construction work. We’ll just keep replacing pipe until we spend $1 million.”