Betasso Water Treatment Plant Improvement Project
The City of Boulder is improving the Betasso Water Treatment Plant as part of the city's Capital Improvement Program. This $35 million project will replace aging equipment and support updated treatment processes. While the project may periodically result in minor impacts to some residents, no service interruptions are expected during the project.
While work is underway, Boulder Reservoir Water Treatment Plant, the city's secondary water treatment plant at Boulder Reservoir, will provide additional drinking water to the city as needed during construction at Betasso. The Betasso project is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Betasso is the city's primary water treatment plant, and it has deteriorated during almost 50 years of continuous operation, despite ongoing maintenance and rehabilitation.
Here is the latest project update.
View the previous project update (August 2017).
The project includes seven major improvements:
• Pretreatment improvements
• Pretreatment building addition
• Filter improvements
• Filter valve replacement
• Residuals handling improvements
• Power reconfiguration and backup power improvements
• Outdoor tank improvements
You can learn more about these major improvements and additional details in an update to the city's Water Resources Advisory Board from January 2016.
No water service interruptions are expected during the project. Impacts are expected to be limited to periodic heavy truck traffic to and from the project area to transport necessary concrete and other materials to and from the plant.
Residents, particularly those living near the Betasso Preserve, should also be aware of a current Boulder County hazardous fuels treatment project to remove wood from the area with a helicopter, which will result in sound impacts during the day.
Boulder's Water Treatment Plants
Need for Betasso Improvements
Engineering Project Manager Steven Buckbee, Department of Public Works, [email protected], 303-441-3279