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Metro Water Recovery Breaks Ground on Largest Pipeline Project in 60-year History

a photo of construction vehicles constructing a pipeline.
Construction begins on the Second Creek Pipeline

For Planning Purposes: May 17, 2021  

Media Contact: Colleen Miller, (720) 215-0352,

Infrastructure investment strengthens system for Coloradans  

Metro Water Recovery will celebrate decades of interagency collaboration as construction of the Second Creek Pipeline begins. The virtual groundbreaking event takes place on the morning of Thursday, May 20.   Planned since 1982, when the Denver Regional Council of Governments identified the need for clean water facilities in the northern metropolitan region, the Second Creek Pipeline is the largest transmission project in Metro’s 60-year history. Built to support community and economic development, the 17-mile-long pipeline utilizes a gravity-powered design to minimize pumping, energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions.   Project construction follows nearly three years of design and a complex permitting process. The investment in essential public infrastructure supports reliable, sustainable, and cost-effective water recovery for some 2 million Coloradans served by Metro. More information available at:

WHO:              Metro Water Recovery and Regional Leaders  

WHAT:            Second Creek Pipeline Virtual Groundbreaking   

WHEN:            Thursday, May 20, 2021   ·       10:00 AM – Speaker Remarks o   Scott Twombly, Metro Chairman of the Board o   Charles “Chaz” Tedesco, Adams County Commissioner, District 2 o   Jon Wicke, Second Creek Pipeline Project Manager o   Dafna Michaelson Jenet, Colorado State Representative, District 30 o   Mickey Conway, Metro CEO  ·       10:45 AM– Metro Speakers Available for Media Interviews  

WHERE:         Register here for the virtual event: Second Creek Pipeline Groundbreaking

  • Contact Metro District Public Information Specialist, Colleen Miller, before 9:30 AM on May 20 to schedule an interview: (720) 215-0352; (Interviews will be scheduled every 15 minutes in the order they are confirmed; construction photos/video and a recording of the event or your interview are available upon request)

About Metro Water Recovery
Metro was formed under Colorado law in 1961 and is the largest wastewater treatment provider in the Rocky Mountain West. Metro works with 61 local governments, including cities, sanitation districts, and water and sanitation districts. They, in turn, provide retail wastewater service to some 2.2 million people in an 805 square-mile service area in metropolitan Denver.   ###

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