FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Program has identified Greeley’s Gold Hill Pipeline project for further review. This project will reduce the impacts of any hazard that would cause either of Greeley’s water treatment plants to be taken offline, such as drought, wildfire, or cyberattack.
The City of Greeley relies on two water treatment plants, Bellevue and Boyd, to supply water to about 152,000 residents. However, the current transmission system lacks a connection between the two plants, making the system vulnerable to water shortages and rationing if one plant needs to be taken offline.
The Gold Hill Pipeline Project aims to build a pipeline that will allow treated water to flow in both directions between the plants, closing that gap in the transmission network. The project will increase flexibility in water management, maximize the benefits of diversified water sources, and make sure the system can respond effectively to potential threats. The pipeline will let the city transfer water between the two treatment plants, mitigate shortages, and make the water system more resilient.
This is not a notification of award. The project application contains enough information for a preliminary determination of cost-effectiveness and feasibility. In coming months, FEMA will verify and finalize that determination and may work with DHSEM and Greeley to do so.
The total cost of the project is $18,425,795.28. If FEMA awards the project they will contribute $13,819,346.46 of the costs.