Friday, March 26, 2010

Brighton Water Delivery Project wins award

The city of Brighton and the city of Thornton received the third place award in the category of Collaboration for the Brighton Water Delivery Project. This award recognition is through the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) 2010 Local Government Awards Program and will be presented by DRCOG on Wednesday, April 28.

The Brighton Water Delivery Project was formed when Brighton entered a treated water lease agreement with the city of Westminster and needed infrastructure to convey the water from Westminster at 85th and Zuni to Brighton, across the city of Thornton. Rather than constructing a costly and inconvenient independent pipeline to deliver the water, Brighton worked with Thornton to use their existing infrastructure. This saved time and money for Brighton, and all but eliminated the inconvenience of pipeline construction for Thornton residents.

“We are very honored that this project was recognized by DRCOG,” said Brighton Utilities Director Jim Landeck. “We are most thankful to the city of Thornton for their collaboration throughout this process. What could have been a very costly and time consuming project was made less complicated because of their assistance, and benefited the residents of both communities.”

“It’s always great to get recognized for work on a project where two communities benefit so significantly,” said Thornton’s Deputy City Manager for Infrastructure, Bud Elliot. “Thornton and Brighton saved millions of dollars and our citizens were saved a great deal of inconvenience because of the limited amount of impact to our rights of way.”

Because of system efficiencies, both Brighton and Thornton saved significant amounts of money, and a design/build approach will bring the project on-line in a timely manner. The project will be completed at a savings of over $13 million for the city of Brighton, and $3.5 million for the city of Thornton. Water will begin transferring to Brighton in May 2010.

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