Sewer system help coming for Olathe neighborhood

A small subdivision near Olathe that has been plagued for years by problems with an out-of-compliance sewage treatment system finally has some help on the way.

Montrose County has secured $620,000 from state agencies to build a sewer line and pump station that will hook into Olathe’s wastewater treatment facility.

County leaders say the developer of the 16-home Neal subdivision has failed for years to operate and maintain the wastewater treatment facility he built, causing the system to fall out of compliance with state health regulations. County officials didn’t identify the developer.

Homeowners who were worried about public health issues, depreciated home values and the inability to sell their homes took their concerns to Montrose County Commissioner Gary Ellis last November. Ellis then turned to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The department’s Water Quality Control Division and the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority awarded the subdivision a $500,000 grant and a $120,000, zero-interest loan for design and construction of the sewer line and pump station. Neal subdivision homeowners will pay back the loan over a 20-year period.

Preliminary engineering is under way and construction is expected to begin this winter, county spokeswoman Kristin Scuderi said. The project should be completed in May 2012.

“We’re pleased this problem is finally on its way to being resolved,” Olathe Town Administrator Scott Harold said.


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