Council Oks pump station repairs

Steve Smith
ssmith@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 11/23/21

Fort Lupton City Council approved more than $30,000 worth of repairs to two of its wastewater pump stations during a regular meeting Nov. 16.  Wastewater treatment plant manager John Mays told …

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Council Oks pump station repairs

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Fort Lupton City Council approved more than $30,000 worth of repairs to two of its wastewater pump stations during a regular meeting Nov. 16. 

Wastewater treatment plant manager John Mays told council the north station pumps, which dates back to the mid-1990s, sustained serious propeller and casing damage. The estimated cost of repairs was $23,500. 

“The manufacturer no longer services those parts,” Mays said. “It’s a ‘90s-era efficiency motor. We will get a higher efficiency motor that uses less electricity. If we changed our infrastructure, it would be expensive. It would be a mess.” 

Delivery of the new parts could take between 12 and 16 weeks. 

“Looks to me like we’ve gotta do it,” Mayor Zo Stieber said. 

The repair on the south station pump, which first went into service five years ago, failed in August.

“There’s a cavity in there that’s supposed to have oil in it. It’s not supposed to have water,” Mays said. “It tells us the seals have failed. We could do a complete rebuild, but we have a high-efficiency motor already. It didn’t make sense to replace it when we can repair it.” 

Delivery of the needed parts could take between 10 and 12 weeks. Estimated cost of the work was about $10,000, including potential issues that may come up during the process. 

The votes were unanimous. 

More money matters

Council also approved a 0.5 of a 1 percent increase to the pension plans for Fort Lupton police officers. The amount is 10.2 percent, effective Jan. 1. 

“We’re looking to offer a competitive package to attract and retain officers,” said human resources Director Laura Howe. 

The vote was unanimous. 

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