Alternative Transfer Methods in Action

In spring 2016, tests showed that groundwater used for drinking in Security, Widefield and Fountain had been contaminated with high levels of perfluorinated compounds or (PFCs). PFCs are thought to have been released during firefighting drills at Peterson Air Force Base, north of Security-Widefield, between 1970 and 1990. Over the past year, to avoid contaminated … Continue reading Alternative Transfer Methods in Action

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World Water Day 2017: Why Waste Water?

Today is World Water Day 2017! In 1993, March 22 was designated as World Water Day by the United Nations (U.N.), thus setting aside a day for the world to focus its attention on finding solutions to the world water crisis. Currently, 1.8 billion people around the world do not have access to safe drinking … Continue reading World Water Day 2017: Why Waste Water?

Water Challenges for Young Western Farmers

When you hear the word “farmer,” what is the first thing that comes to mind? Most people have a preconceived notion of what farming looks like, as well as what is involved in the actual practice of farming. While the average age of an American farmer is 58, and farmers over the age of 65 … Continue reading Water Challenges for Young Western Farmers

Valuing Water

When we don't witness water treatment plants in action, infrastructure being maintained and the sale and trade of water rights, it can be easy to forget that the cost of water involves more than our personal usage wrapped up neatly in a monthly bill. In reality, what we pay each month may not appropriately reflect … Continue reading Valuing Water

Expanding the Role of Reclaimed Water

One of the main resources needed by any garden, including Denver Urban Gardens' (DUG) community gardens, is water. Since 1985, DUG has been working in the Denver Metro area to create sustainable, food-producing community gardens, and today operates more than 155 gardens, with 30 of those located on the grounds of Denver Public Schools (DPS). “School … Continue reading Expanding the Role of Reclaimed Water

The value of landscaping and efficient landscapes

As Colorado's colorful foliage turns gold this fall, it's easy to relish in the mountain beauty, or—for those of us who live in the state's urban areas—to appreciate the aesthetics of landscaping. But when important discussions about water conservation arise, urban landscapes get a lot of flack, and for good reason. During Colorado's summers, lawns, trees … Continue reading The value of landscaping and efficient landscapes

South Denver Metro Shares Lessons on Path to Sustainable Water Future

By Eric Hecox This month the South Metro Water Supply Authority, with our technical consultants CH2M, released a comprehensive assessment of the South Denver Metro region’s water future. The study shows we have come a long way from the days of front-page headlines decrying the region as “running dry.” We can now say with confidence … Continue reading South Denver Metro Shares Lessons on Path to Sustainable Water Future

Rainbarrels and Rainwater Harvesting for Water Conservation and Stormwater Management

Last month, Governor Hickenlooper signed HB 16-1005 into law, making rainwater harvesting widely legal in Colorado. Thanks to the legislation, precipitation can now be collected from residential rooftops, provided a maximum of two barrels with a combined storage of 110 gallons or less are used; precipitation is collected from a single-family residence or building that … Continue reading Rainbarrels and Rainwater Harvesting for Water Conservation and Stormwater Management

Next Gen Data-Driven Water Demand Management for Rocky Mountain Utilities: A WaterWise Lunch ‘N Learn

By Frank Kinder Demand Side Management (DSM) has become an important component of water supply for water providers. DSM practices are initiatives that help water users manage their consumption. They include incentives, rebates, retrofits, outreach, education, audits and other tools. These efforts help water utilities better understand, predict and plan for overall water demand and supply. … Continue reading Next Gen Data-Driven Water Demand Management for Rocky Mountain Utilities: A WaterWise Lunch ‘N Learn