Monday, April 19, 2010

Water — not just for Springs residents anymore?

Posted By on Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 3:22 PM

The city should make a major policy reversal and start providing water beyond the city limits, an advisory committee is proposing after a year of study.

The Utilities Policy Advisory Committee will propose Wednesday that Springs Utilities deliver water under contracts to outsiders, as long as a benefit can be shown to Utilities ratepayers. among the benefits would be rate relief for city customers, because outsiders would be charged more than customers within the city limits.

The policy is being debated because of the Southern Delivery System, which Utilities says will allow the city to bring more water from Pueblo Reservoir than the city needs, especially during the winter months. The idea would be for the city to pump water during the winter for outlying subdivisions and special districts when the city's demand is low. That water would be stored by those entities for use other times of year.

The pipeline will bring more water from Pueblo Reservoir.
  • The pipeline will bring more water from Pueblo Reservoir.

The advisory committee didn't recommend the city sell water rights, however, which are considered sacred in a semi-arid climate that's been subject to severe drought.

Here's one small excerpt from its full report, due to be presented to the Utilities Board at 1 p.m. Wednesday on the 5th floor of the south tower of the Plaza of the Rockies Building.


Read the full report here by clicking on 4/21/10 agenda. The City Council, acting as the Utilities Board, must approve any change in how city water is handled.

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