December 27, 2009--Ophir ready to embark on nearly $1 million water project (Telluride Daily Planet)

The tiny town of Ophir, which was settled by miners and saved by back-to-nature, self-sufficient types, has historically been hesitant to adopt new services. We’ll do it ourselves, the town collectively said, and if we can’t, we probably don’t need it. The town has had to relax that stance a bit in undertaking a nearly $1 million water project that will begin at the end of this month. In fact, Ophir Town Manager Randy Barnes put the sign in the ground on Wednesday in town. Machines will begin breaking ground there at the end of the month. The project endeavors to replace Ophir’s water treatment plant, create a new source for the water, and build a 35,000-gallon storage tank.

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