The Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association announces the completion of the Drop 5 hydroelectric plant. Contractors started testing the plant the week of Aug. 8 and commercial generation started Aug. 12.
Mountain States Construction Company started the project in November 2012. The firm completed the project eight weeks ahead of schedule. UVWUA manager Steve Anderson said the association is very appreciative of the firm's efforts. Mountain States constructed the other four hydro projects on the Uncompahgre Project and the facility on the Ridgway Dam. "We salute Mountain States' efforts and their contractors, Riverside Construction, Rapid Energy and Bat Electric Inc.," Anderson said.
The Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association financed this project with a loan from the Colorado Water Conservation Board and a WaterSMART grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association purchased the power, which will be utilized locally. The Drop 5 facility is capable of producing 2,200 Kw.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.