Power is primarily provided by Grand Valley Power and the Public Service Company of Colorado, now known as Xcel Energy. Grand Valley Power is the oldest rural electric cooperative in the State of Colorado and a leader in renewable energy, with over 25% renewable energy in its power portfolio.
Xcel Energy is the nation’s fourth largest utility company serving a dozen states. Xcel owns 62% of the power sources and the remainder is purchased through long-term contracts. Xcel Energy has ensured that it has taken the necessary steps to meet Colorado’s energy requirements using the PUC Integrated Resource Planning Rules.
Alternative energy sources include compressed natural gas and solar power. Colorado is often considered the sunniest state in the U.S. and Grand Junction is home to the country’s first solar power provider, Atlasta Solar.
There are four municipal water providers in the Grand Valley: the City of Grand Junction, Ute Water Conservancy District, The Clifton Water District, and the Town of Palisade. Both the City of Grand Junction and the Ute Water Conservancy District have well developed independent water systems with high altitude watersheds including high altitude reservoirs, raw water flow lines, treatment plants, finished water reservoirs, and distribution systems. The systems are adequate for and support extensive and long-term growth.
There are six municipal wastewater providers in the Grand Valley: the Town of Debeque, the Town of Collbran, the Town of Palisade, the City of Fruita, Clifton Sanitation District, and the largest, Persigo Wastewater Treatment Plant through the City of Grand Junction.
The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment issued Persigo’s discharge permit specifying monitoring requirements and pollutant discharge limits. These limits are set to protect the current uses of this segment of the Colorado River – recreation, aquatic life and agriculture. The Persigo Wastewater Treatment Plant is a permitted point source or “direct discharger” to the Colorado River, and as such, maintains compliance with a variety of discharge requirements listed in their NPDES (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System) permit. The requirement for Persigo to develop and implement an Industrial Pretreatment (IP) Program is a condition of this NPDES permit.
Pretreatment programs require municipal treatment plants to function as “control authorities” in addition to their more traditional role as service providers. To prevent upsets of the treatment plant, non-domestic dischargers are required to use treatment techniques and/or management practices to reduce or eliminate the discharge of harmful pollutants to the sewer system. The act of treating wastewater prior to discharge to the sewers is called “pretreatment”. Industrial Pretreatment program activities include inspections, permit writing and administration, sampling, maintaining an industrial waste survey, compliance and enforcement, program billing, program development and technical assistance. More information on Persigo Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The City of Fruita has a state-of- the-art Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) Wastewater Reclamation Facility located just off 15 Rd. in Fruita. This facility currently treats approximately 1 gallon of wastewater daily but is designed to treat 2.33 million gallons of wastewater daily. Provisions have also been made to expand and treat an additional 1.2 million gallons in the future. The facility is also equipped with Autothermal Thermophilic Aerobic Digestion (ATAD). This provides a byproduct (biosolids) which is completely pathogen free, and is used as a fertilizer in the City’s parks.
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