Water report presented to city

In 2004, the Craig Water Department treated 648 million gallons of water -- meeting state and federal treatment standards on every gallon.

Mark Sollenberger, the city's newly promoted water and wastewater department manager, gave the department's annual report at Tuesday's Craig City Council meeting.

Production was down 6.3 percent from 2003, he said, likely because of a wet summer. The decrease helped the department save 6.8 percent in chemical costs, he said.

August continued to be the largest production month with 104 million gallons treated.

"We had a great year," he said. "We met all federal water quality regulations."

Community members will be able to judge how well the city met those regulations on Saturday when the 2004 water quality report is published in the Craig Daily Press.

According to the report, none of the more than 40 contaminants state-certified labs test for was found in the city's drinking water and chemicals such as arsenic, cadmium, mercury, nickel and nitrate were below the detectable limit.

At no time in 2004 did the water plant violate the state regulations for turbidity -- an indicator of the clarity of water. At peak runoff times, water comes from the Yampa River into the water treatment plant often rating more than 1,000 NTUs -- the measurement of turbidity in water. The average daily turbidity for treated water in 2004 was 0.056 NTUs.

It is the mission of the Craig water department to provide customers with safe dependable and high-quality drinking water at a reasonable cost.

And they've managed to do so. There was an ending fund balance in the water fund of $1,657,042 and of $828,370 in the wastewater fund.

That money will be used, in part, to pay for the construction of a new water plant, expected to commence in 2006.

In other City Council business

On Tuesday, the council:

  • Renewed the 3.2 beer retail liquor license for Mini Mart Inc., 2441 W. Victory Way.
  • Renewed the hotel and restaurant liquor license for Bad to the Bone BBQ, 572 Breeze St. No cause shown for denial.
  • Approved the special events permit for the VFW for the Ride N' Tie Rodeo on July 15 and 16 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.
  • Awarded a bid to APH Construction for $43,528.88 for the 2005 curb and gutter construction and concrete improvement projects.
  • Approved the second and final reading of ordinance No. 948 -- an ordinance to amend Title 6 of the Craig Municipal Code titled "Animals."
  • Approved a five-year lease agreement with Nextel Communications for the purpose of erecting a communications tower on city property north of Sandrock Drive.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031 or ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.

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