County Roads 318/319 Gas and Water Lines
The Utilities Division is in the process of constructing a new HDPE water line and natural gas main on County Roads 318 and 319. These new lines will provide water and gas services to the La Plata County Road and Bridge Shop and the new Ignacio School District Bus Barn. This project consists of the installation of 2,800 feet of 8” HDPE water line and 2,800 feet of 4” HDPE gas line complete with fire hydrants and service taps. The costs for construction and engineering of these projects are being paid for by the Ignacio School District and La Plata County. Construction of these new lines began in the fall of 2015 and will be completed in the spring of 2016.
North Shoshone Water Line Replacement
The North Shoshone Water Line Project consisted of constructing a new HDPE water line behind the Meadowbrook Trailer Park to replace a damaged existing plastic water line. This project included the installation of 4,300 feet of new 8” water line, new fire hydrants, and a new water service line to the Meadowbrook Trailer Park. This project began in August of 2014 and was completed in the summer of 2015.
County Road 321 Water Line
The County Road 321 Water Line Project consisted of 7,500 feet of new 8” water line and 9,000 feet of new customer service lines. This water line now supplies domestic water to nine Tribal members who were formerly receiving water from wells or water hauls. Construction began in the summer of 2014 and was completed in the spring of 2015.
Geographic Information System
The Southern Ute Utilities Division has been working with Southern Ute Shared Services on a GIS software program that will help them quickly locate pipelines, valve meters and service locations. The new system will allow staff to find this information either on their work computer or by using their hand-held device. This not only improves the efficiency of the department and location of meters and pipeline but it also decreases the response time to an emergency.