The Fort Collins-Loveland Water District (FCLWD), Town of Eaton, Town of Severance and Town of Windsor have announced the formation of the Cobb Lake Regional Water Treatment Authority (CLRWTA) – a forward-thinking collaboration created to meet the long-term water treatment needs of the rapidly growing region served by these local water providers.
To treat and deliver clean, safe and affordable water to these four service areas, CLRWTA will be constructing a state-of-the-art water treatment facility and an approximate 20-mile underground delivery pipeline. The facility is anticipated to be operational by 2030.
“Regional collaboration is critical to securing and managing current and future water needs,” Chris Pletcher, FCLWD, general manager, said. “In addition to acquiring new water supplies, water conservation and efficiency play a critical role in solving local water challenges, but it’s simply not enough to support the future growth of our region which is why we are passionate about bringing this collaboration effort to life.”
Pipeline construction is anticipated to begin in 2027 and the water treatment facility is estimated to be complete and operational by 2030, creating up to a dozen water treatment operations jobs responsible for treating water and ensuring consistent quality.
Water projects in Colorado are subject to strict environmental laws and regulations. For NISP, experts analyzed 16 individual project concepts with 215 potential elements and agreed that NISP is the best solution to supply Northern Colorado with this critical resource. The formation of CLRWTA continues the commitment to meet high standards of environmental and social responsibility by working collaboratively on one new water treatment project instead of four independent entities working alone on separate projects.
In the next 26 years, the population of Northern Colorado is expected to double, so this project will primarily be paid for by new growth, though it also offers existing customers the benefits of increased resiliency and economies of scale from shared infrastructure. Find out more about our involvement by visiting www.clrwta.org.