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Water 2025 moves forward

Water 2025 moves forward

The City of Westminster’s Public Works and Utilities Department is planning how to preserve safe drinking water for the next 50 years. As the Semper Drinking Water Treatment Facility ages, annual repairs and reinvestments significantly increase, making a new water treatment facility a smart investment. Water 2025 is the planned, phased approach for continuing cost- effective, high-quality drinking water to the city for future generations.

Over the last year, the department has engaged the community using a nationally recognized process to identify, evaluate and narrow alternatives for a new water treatment facility location. Since the site selection process kicked off in early 2018, the city has received over 1,000 responses and comments about the project.  This valuable input ensured that key community values were incorporated in the site selection process, which began with an initial list of 54 sites.

Based on the results of this fact-based and community-engaged process, City Council approved a resolution to pursue acquisition of the recommended site near 98th Avenue and Westminster Boulevard during its July 22 meeting. This site was selected, in part, because it satisfies community values of providing a buffer for adjacent landowners and honoring previous city commitments.

Stay tuned for future information about a Design Working Group to provide input on the design of the facility that will provide safe drinking water to the city for the next 50 years.

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