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Southern Delivery System Program

A nine-time award winning water delivery project

  • $825M

    Construction Value

  • $160M


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  • Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Colorado Springs, Colorado

Critical to supporting a healthy economy and quality of life

In 2010, after nearly 20 years of planning and permitting, the Southern Delivery System moved into implementation with Stantec as the program and construction manager. Phase 1 began operation in April 2016, finishing on schedule and over $160 million under budget.

The $825 million project conveys Arkansas River water stored in the Pueblo Reservoir to the City of Colorado Springs, City of Fountain, Security Water District, and Pueblo West Metropolitan District. It includes three pump stations to lift raw water 1,500 feet, 45.4 miles of mostly 66-inch diameter raw water pipelines, 50 MGD water treatment plant, finished water pump station, and 4.6 miles of finished water pipelines.

We led the design, construction, and cost/change management; scheduling, contract administration; procurement; permitting and environmental compliance; resident engineering and inspection; and GIS. In collaboration with Colorado Springs Utilities, we implemented an innovative public involvement program. Focus areas included permit compliance, intergovernmental/regulatory relations, relationship-building and issue resolution with property owners and residents, and partner agency coordination. 

Prior to the start of the project, we also managed the development of an extensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) as a third-party consultant to the Bureau of Reclamation. The EIS was completed after nearly six years of analysis of potential alternatives and the environmental impacts of each.

At a Glance

  • Colorado Springs Utilities
ENR Mountain States Regional Best Projects 2016
AWWA Public Communications Achievement Award 2014
Water & Wastes Digest Top Projects 2014

Partnering on a secure water supply

Joint effort with Colorado Springs Utility to support a sustainable water future for Colorado residents.

Meet Our Team

Russ Snow, Vice President, Conveyance Sector Leader

The greatest satisfaction in my career is delivering major water infrastructure projects and see—firsthand—the benefit that it brings to the public.

Gavin Gilchrist, Vice President, Program Development

Stay curious and ask yourself why you are doing something—always look at things from the perspective of others.
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  • Russ  Snow

    Design Manager

  • Gavin Gilchrist

    Vice President, Program Development

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