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Growth Requires New Water Supply Solutions in Colorado

Colorado cities located north of Denver consider the future of water as the region grows. New infrastructure and new partnerships will be necessary to meet demand for water in the future.
May 9, 2018, 11am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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A Big Thompson Project canal, pictured in the foothills west of Fort Collins.

Emily Wenger reports from the town of Windsor, Colorado, which has enough water for its residents now, but knows it will need to pay for more water infrastructure to keep up with a growing population.

"To pay for the projects that would provide that water as well as treat it, Windsor may need to raise rates for its existing customers," according to Wenger. Windsor relies on imported water, bought from cities that are also growing. Among the options for meeting its future water needs is a proposal to build a regional water treatment plant that "would serve Severance, Eaton and the Fort Collins-Loveland Water District," according to Wenger.

The article also focuses on the work of a city at the other end of the system: Greeley, which supplies Windsor with water. Greeley would look for other regional partners if Windsor someday built the necessary facilities to end its imports.

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Published on Monday, May 7, 2018 in The Denver Post
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