Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Colorado Springs Utilities plans new reservoir

Posted By on Tue, Jul 23, 2019 at 3:33 PM

click to enlarge Holy Cross Wilderness, Colorado. - SHUTTERSTOCK
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  • Holy Cross Wilderness, Colorado.

Aspen Journalism reported July 17 that Colorado Springs Utilities and Aurora are stepping up efforts to build another reservoir on lower Homestake Creek that would hold up to 20,000 acre feet of water, or enough to serve roughly 40,000 households per year.

The two partners in the transmountain Homestake project have applied to the U.S. Forest Service to drill for soils testing at four potential dam sites.

The Aspen news agency also reported the partners must obtain congressional and presidential approvals to adjust the Holy Cross Wilderness boundary to accommodate a dam.

If the reservoir is built, water would be pumped through a tunnel under the Continental Divide to Turquoise Reservoir at Leadville and on to the two cities.

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