Bill includes $300K for water line work in Rifle

The mayor of Rifle is welcoming word that Senate legislation passed last week includes $300,000 for water line work in the city.

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., said in a news release that he successfully included the money in an Interior Appropriations bill that passed 77–21. A final version of the bill remains to be worked out with the House of Representatives.

Mayor Keith Lambert said the city had been in contact with Colorado lawmakers about the project.

“To have a partner like the federal government helping us promote our water systems here in Rifle is certainly a benefit,” he said.

The money would come from the Environmental Protection Agency’s State and Tribal Grant Program. It would help pay for upgrades to the city’s main water line and construction of new lines.

One line would improve service to customers on the south side of the Colorado River by building in redundancy to water delivery there.

Lambert said a line also would be built to where the city is planning to construct a new water treatment facility.

The water lines project, now in the preliminary engineering and design phase, requires a 45 percent cost share by the city.

Rifle has struggled financially in recent years to keep up with increasing infrastructure demands as the city has grown. Despite a recent slowdown, the city is still trying to work on infrastructure improvements because eventually growth will pick up again, and the city’s aging water system infrastructure needs work, Lambert said.


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