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The Town of Bennett was proud to celebrate the opening of the Water Resource Recovery Facility on May 1, 2019.
This project came after years of planning and hard work. In 2014, the Town received a compliance schedule from the State, identifying the need for a new Waste water treatment facility. After a few years of planning, design and funding discussions, the Town broke ground on the new facility on June 15, 2017.
The Town of Bennett was able to replace the aerated lagoon wastewater plant with this state-of-the-art modern mechanical treatment facility. This allows the Town to meet current requirements and anticipated future requirements for treated effluent discharge permit.
The Town had several financial partners working on this project. The engineering and design were paid for 100% by the Department of Local Affairs and the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority. In addition, the $6.5 million construction funding is accumulated by the award of $944,617 from the Department of Local Affairs Mineral Impact Grant, as well as reduced interest rate loans with the Colorado State Revolving Loan Funds. This also includes a low interest rate loan under the state's Green Project Reserve Program for over half of the facility construction cost. This is due to the highly energy efficient technology that will be utilized at the facility.
The Town of Bennett also received approval from the State office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) to certify this project as an Enterprise Zone Contribution Project. This will allow taxpayers to earn Colorado income tax credits for contributing to this project once certification of the contribution is approved.
Town Administrator, Trish Stiles, said “I remember when I started, the idea for this facility was just that, an idea. Now, I have to say it feels really good to see that idea become a reality because I know how important this was for the Bennett community.”
The Town worked with Moltz Construction, Aqua Engineering, Kumar and Associates as well as engineers Phil Sack, Nick Worley and Bob Frachetti.
Watch a tour of the Water Resource Recovery Facility on Facebook.