Waste management and pollution control

How much do you pay to flush?

After three years of steep rate increases, sewer rates in Durango have outpaced the national average and are set to go up again in January. Residents in Bayfield, Ignacio and other communities in...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bear-resistant trash cans become the law in Dolores

To protect people and bears, the Dolores Town Board passed an emergency ordinance Monday requiring bear-resistant trash containers for all residents and businesses in town. Since the beginning of...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Workers demolish building for wastewater treatment project

Work on the $54 million Santa Rita Water Reclamation Facility on Friday was cacophonous and dusty as workers demolished the administration building. It is the first building to be demolished as...

DATE: June 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

City collecting cooking oils to protect wastewater-treatment plant

After cooking up their Thanksgiving feasts, Durangoans are being asked by the city to drop off the grease from their meals for recycling. Grease and cooking oil congeals in city sewer pipes, and it...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sewer line burps 2,000 gallons of waste from manhole

A clogged sewer spewed about 2,000 gallons of foulness down a hillside and into a culvert Monday morning near the wastewater-treatment plant in Durango. None of the discharge made it to the Animas...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

An array of water and sewer upgrades envisioned for city

The city has proposed spending $64.5 million on water and sewer projects next year. The bulk of the spending and focus will be on the reconstruction of the sewage-treatment plant in Santa Rita Park...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

GC Solutions to manufacture water-treatment product in Bayfield

GC Solutions is planning to manufacture a new polymer in Bayfield that can be used to purify wastewater from sources such as breweries, dairies, municipal wastewater-treatment plants and oil and...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s utility bills set to jump

Water, sewer, trash and recycling rates will likely increase next year, but the average city utility bill won’t be as high as expected. The average residential utility bill is expected to be about...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Phoenix Recycling aims to be regional hub

More materials could be kept out of regional landfills, now that Phoenix Recycling has opened a new plant. The facility on County Road 307 opened in July, and it could process all residential...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Utes are awarded a $9 million grant for water upgrades

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe has been awarded a $9 million federal grant to upgrade its water and wastewater infrastructure in Towaoc and White Mesa. The grant, issued through rural development...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sewage plant will require $62 million loan

The city plans to take out a $62 million loan this month to pay for a sewage-treatment plant remodel in Santa Rita Park. Work at the plant is expected to start in May, and it will require about two...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango trash, recycling rates may rise

The rates for trash and recycling may increase next year to help pay for a new recycling center that could be built in 2021. As more people move to Three Springs and Twin Buttes, the city will...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News