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Posted on: November 22, 2022

Fish Creek Water Plant Online After Improvements

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-November 22, 2022-After approximately two months, the Fish Creek Water Treatment Plant returned to full operation after a series of improvements were successfully completed to the facility.

“We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and efforts during the shutdown,” said Mt. Werner Water & Sanitation District General Manager Frank Alfone. “Our backup plan was put to a solid test and vital improvements were completed without interruption to water service for our customers.” 

On September 15, a full shutdown of the Fish Creek Water Treatment Plant was implemented as part of the upgrade project. During that time, water was supplied solely via the Yampa Wells Treatment Plant. This was the first time the water system had relied exclusively on the wells.

The update project was comprised of two major components that addressed electrical and disinfection improvements. On the electric side, new gear was installed capable of supporting current and anticipated future plant electrical loads. Surge suppression, power monitoring capabilities and a transfer switch for a future standby generator were part of the enhancements.

Disinfection efforts focused on the facility’s two-million-gallon tank including erecting PVC baffle curtains between the existing structural columns; relocating the chlorine residual measurement sample location; providing a new sample pump to feed the analyzer and installing a new access hatch. 

In addition, a new combined filter effluent turbidity sample location in the Potable Water Clearwell, located within the filter building, as well as a new combined filter effluent turbidimeter and a new sample pump to feed it were constructed and installed.

During the work, specific customers were required to turn off all outdoor irrigation and all other residents were asked to voluntarily do the same to conserve water. The city shut off all non-critical irrigation and scaled back watering for critical systems that couldn’t be turned off completely.

All water agencies encourage customers to continue to practice conservation efforts year-round. Anyone can report water waste through the online reporting system


Frank Alfone, General Manager, Mt. Werner Water & Sanitation District, 970.879.2424 or email
Michelle Carr, Distribution & Collection Manager, City of Steamboat Springs, 970.871.8204 or email
Michael Lane, Communications Manager, City of Steamboat Springs, 970.871.8220 or email

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