Arkansas Valley Conduit

Arkansas Valley Conduit

AVC Spurs & Delivery Lines Bid Opportunities

The Arkansas Valley Conduit (AVC) is in its final design phase and beginning construction. 

The Southeastern Colorado Water Activity Enterprise (SECWAE) will be constructing the AVC through procurement of several construction contracts determined as funding is secured. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is leading the efforts for the construction of the main or trunk line from Pueblo to Lamar. 

SECWAE is leading the construction efforts for all of the spur and delivery lines that will connect the trunk line with service to the participants. The construction contract of the first six miles of the trunk line beginning on the east side of Pueblo has been awarded and construction may begin by the end of this year.  It is anticipated that the next segment of the trunk line will be out for bids by mid to late 2023 with subsequent bid packages issued again as funding allows. 

SECWAE is currently in the design phase for the spurs and delivery lines.  The first bid package for the spurs and delivery lines will be issued by Spring, 2023.  We anticipate several additional bid packages going out starting in late 2023 through the end of 2024.  The goal is to have the spurs and delivery line construction completed by the end of 2026, with the trunk line construction completed by 2028-2029.



The Arkansas Valley Conduit (AVC) is a 130-mile pipeline with spurs that would serve as many as 40 communities and 50,000 people east of Pueblo. It will deliver filtered water ready for treatment from Pueblo Reservoir. The AVC will supplement existing water supplies, which face state compliance issues because of salinity or radionuclide contamination. Most of the participants rely on groundwater and need a reliable supply of fresh water. 


The cities of the Lower Arkansas Valley in Colorado have awaited the construction of the AVC for decades. The AVC was authorized by Congress as part of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project in 1962. It never was built largely because of the inability of participants to repay construction costs. In 2009, Congress amended the original Fry-Ark legislation. The amendment featured a cost-sharing plan with 65 percent federal and 35 percent local funding. The locally funded portion will be repaid by the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District (District) to the federal government over a period of 50 years.

 AVC Progress Report

Reclamation announced the first contract to begin construction of AVC on September 29, 2022, and construction will begin on the trunk line in the next few months.

The Bureau of Reclamation is building the trunk line of the AVC, while the Southeastern District will build spurs and delivery lines to water providers who are AVC participants.

AVC will use Fryingpan-Arkansas water or water from participants’ sources stored in Pueblo Reservoir.  Pueblo Water will treat the water and transmit it to a point at the east end of its system.

Participants will be connected to the AVC trunk line as it reaches their area. This will allow communities whose supplies are contaminated from radionuclides to receive clean drinking water years sooner than the completion of the entire AVC. Most of those communities are in Otero County, near the middle of the AVC route.    

Under the 2020 Project Management Plan, the AVC will reach Lamar by 2035. An expedited plan using federal infrastructure funding could move the completion date to as soon as 2028.


September 29, 2022 – Reclamation announces the first construction contract for the AVC. The contract for the first reach of pipeline is with WCA Construction LLC for nearly $43 million.

March 18, 2022 – A three-party contract between Reclamation, SECWAE and Pueblo Water will provide conveyance, treatment and transmission of AVC water to a point 15 miles from Pueblo Reservoir.

October 3, 2020 – AVC Ceremonial Groundbreaking Ceremony at Pueblo Dam.

June 29, 2020 – Colorado Governor Jared Polis signs a bill authorizing $90 million in loans and $10 million in grants for the AVC.

2020 - The AVC received $28 million in federal funding to finish design and begin construction of the long-awaited pipeline. Funding since then totals $51.1 million.

2014 – Reclamation issued a Record of Decision for the AVC, which established a route (Comanche North) and scope of work for the project. 

2013 – The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) completed a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the AVC.

2013—Regional Water Conservation Plan in Support of Arkansas Valley Conduit and Related Projects completed by the District.    

2009 – P.L. 111-11 passed, allowing miscellaneous revenues (excess-capacity contract payments) from the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project to be applied to AVC construction and repayment. These payments will be available beginning in 2022 and initially total about $3.5 million annually, increasing in future years.

1962 – The AVC is authorized by Congress as part of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project Act.                                                                                                                                   



Pueblo County

  • Town of Boone
  • Avondale Water & Sanitation

Crowley County

  • 96 Pipeline Company
  • Crowley County Water Association
  • Town of Crowley
  • Town of Olney Springs
  • Town of Ordway
  • Town of Sugar City

Bent County

  • Hasty Water Company
  • City of Las Animas
  • McClave Water Association

Prowers County

  • City of Lamar
  • May Valley Water Association
  • Town of Wiley

Kiowa County 

  • Town of Eads

Otero County 

  • Beehive Water Association

  • Bents Fort Water Company

  • Town of Cheraw

  • East End Water Association

  • Eureka Water Company

  • Fayette Water Association

  • Town of Fowler

  • Hilltop Water Company

  • Holbrook Center Soft Water

  • Homestead Improvement Association

  • City of La Junta

  • Town of Manzanola

  • Newdale-Grand Valley North Holbrook Water

  • Patterson Valley

  • Riverside Water Company

  • City of Rocky Ford

  • South Side Water Association

  • South Swink Water Company

  • Town of Swink

  • Valley Water Company

  • Vroman Water Company

  • West Grand Valley Water

  • West Holbrook Water


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