Water

Water Plant Staff
Robert Burns – Water Treatment Supervisor
State of Colorado Class A Water Treatment Operator

Responsible for all operations of the Graham Mesa and Beaver Creek Water Treatment Plants, Rifle Pond Raw Water Pump Station, two finished water booster pump stations, and five reservoirs.

City of Rifle 2015 Drinking Water Consumer Confidence Report 

Water Personnel
  • Dennis Christie, Water Treatment Operator
  • Jesse Flowers, Water Treatment Operator
  • Marsha McCormick, Meter Reader
  • Roger Schouten, Utility Maintenance Mechanic 
  • Lynn Miller, Utilities Billing Clerk
Collection and Distribution Staff
Casey Boren – Collection and Distribution Supervisor

State of Colorado Class II Collection and Class II Distribution Operator

Responsible for The City's water distribution and sewage collection networks. C&D duties include flushing water lines, exercising valves, televising and jetting sewer lines, meter reading, and repairing breaks.

Collection and Distribution Personnel

  • Brent Cole, C&D Technician
  • Willians Alcerro, C&D Technician
Existing Graham Mesa Water Treatment Plant (GMWTP) Versus New Rifle Regional Water Purification Facility (RRWPF)

  • GMWTP has a floor area of 16,900 square feet in a single building; 
          RRWPF is over 37,000 in 3 buildings.

  • GMWTP design drawings totaled 51; 
          RRWPF totals 359 drawings.

  • GMWTP equipment totals 200 horsepower; 
          RRWPF totals over 1200 horsepower.

  • GMWTP has no variable speed equipment;
          RRWPF has over 23 variable speed motors.

  • GMWTP has no secondary power;
          RRWPF will have a 1600 KVA generator.

  • GMWTP uses 3 chemicals in the process; 
          RRWPF will use 10 chemicals.

  • GMWTP water loss exceeds 15%;
          RRWPF losses will be about 2%.

  • GMWTP clearwell contains 90,000 gallons;
          RRWPF clearwell holds 250,000 gallons.

  • GMWTP totals 3 process systems through a single train;
          RRWPF has 4 process systems through two trains.

  • GMWTP waste residuals are sent to ponds;
          RRWPF residuals are sent to drying beds, recycle pump station,
          and back to raw water plant inlet for re-treatment.


Changing existing facilities (raw water pipeline to finished water) while maintaining water production from the existing GMWTP and then transferring treatment to the new RRWPF requires a complex and demanding commissioning process.

Water Well Drilling
If you are interested in drilling a water well within the range of City services, please note that the state Division of Water Resources administers all such permits. The City of Rifle only requests notification of construction. 

Please go to The State of Colorado Water Site and follow the links for “well permitting”. 

There are certain limitations and exclusions that may apply to your well.  Please note that typically the state will not allow a well for domestic uses if a potable distribution system is available.