Ute taps into hydropower

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Ute Water Assistant Manager Dave Payne looks at a gauge on the new hydroelectric unit at the water plant on Rapid Creek.

$450,000 capital investment will pay off in decade; energy goes to Xcel

Water rushing off Grand Mesa through the Ute Water Conservancy District’s pipes is now generating enough electricity to run the district’s water treatment plant — and more.
Ute — the biggest domestic water purveyor between Denver and Salt Lake City — has opened the valves on a hydropower project that is projected to repay its $450,000 capital cost in a decade.

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