Reader: Are we looking at 'toilet to tap'? 


Nowhere in the eight-page article “Growing Plains” did I see a single mention of how any major development in the Banning Lewis Ranch will be self-sufficient in terms of water supply. Already, the area — the state — is in a water crisis with snowpack at a decades-long low and very little precipitation in sight. Since my wife and I moved here from Columbia, Maryland, in 2000 we haven’t recalled such a dry winter. If this carries into the spring I foresee a high fire danger and also a need to probably ration water, including for use on lawns — to no more than once or twice watering per week. How the hell will these existing (and projected) water limits in an arid region — increasingly stressed by drought via climate change — handle up to 175,000 water consumers ultimately moving in at BLR? Maybe Suthers and his council members (and potential developers) need to ponder this before addressing any of the other questions highlighted in the piece.

Or is Colorado Springs Utilities seriously thinking of the solution now being considered by Denver, i.e. “toilet to tap” recycling?

Just asking.

— Phil Stahl, Colorado Springs

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