Arkansas River basin: The Pueblo West Metropolitan District Board and Aurora Water reach agreement for a 5,000 acre-foot water swap

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Jeff Tucker):

The resolution, approved unanimously by the board, will allow the district to trade up to 5,000 acre-feet of water owned by the district in Twin Lakes Reservoir to Aurora for up to 5,000 acre-feet it owns and stores in Lake Pueblo…

Prior to the vote, board member Chuck Green noted that such an agreement isn’t anything new. The Pueblo Board of Water Works had a similar agreement with Aurora dating back to 1992. The metro board’s new agreement will actually replace the water works’ agreement, which expires in 2012. Pueblo West attorney Tom Mullans also noted that Aurora will pay an assessment for the number of shares of Twin Lakes water that gets traded to the metro district. Normally, Pueblo West would pay that money, which would have left the district on the hook for up to $100,000 annually, said District Manager Jack Johnston…

The metro board took a number of other water-related actions Tuesday, unanimously approving a $206,466 contract with CH2M Hill Engineers, Inc., to design a pump station to connect the Southern Delivery System to the metro district’s water treatment and distribution systems. The board also unanimously approved a resolution to participate with the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District’s environmental analysis for its proposed excess-capacity master contract. The district’s share of the cost would be about $172,000 during the course of the study.

More Arkansas River basin coverage here.

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