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Colorado municipal golf course needs $3.5M overhaul to water system

Colorado municipal golf course needs $3.5M overhaul to water system

The Desert Hawk Golf Course in Pueblo West is losing millions of gallons of water due to leaks from its 60-year-old sprinkler system. It will cost an estimated $3.5 million to replace it.

During a March 20 meeting of the Desert Hawk Management Board, the board voted unanimously to outline the scope of work and put out a request for bids to obtain an engineer’s proposal and design to replace the sprinkler system. The report is expected to cost about $60,000.

Representatives of CPS Distributors, which offers irrigation supplies, told the board that 40 years is the normal life expectancy for a sprinkler system. Desert Hawk’s 60-year-old system features an asbestos mainline which other golf courses are moving away from due to inefficiency and safety concerns for workers.

The sprinkler system would also need a new pump station, which can monitor water use and allow for shut downs to lines that are leaking.

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Desert Hawk was purchased in 2000 by Pueblo County and the Pueblo West Metro District with $7.2 million in certificates of participation as part of an intergovernmental agreement designed to save the failing golf course, which was previously operated by a string of private owners.

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