Conservation efforts by Metropolitan Denver districts can help with the anticipated statewide gap in supplies and lessen pressure for ag dry ups

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

Denver metro users averaged 191 gallons per capita each day, and have already reduced that use to 155 gallons per day, according to a report that will be reviewed by the roundtable this week. The report recommends reducing water use to 129 gallons per person daily by 2050…

Alan Hamel, a member of the Colorado Water Conservation Board and Executive Director of the Pueblo Board of Water Works, said large water providers are working on urban conservation strategies and will do more in the future…

The Metro Roundtable used a portfolio tool developed by the IBCC and CWCB to estimate how far water conservation could go toward reducing demand in years to come. With mid-range population growth estimates, the 32 percent reduction in urban water use would shave total demand by Denver, Aurora and South Metro districts by 289,000 acre-feet per year…

The CWCB’s Statewide Water Supply Initiative last year projected a gap of 190,000-630,000 acre-feet, meaning that demand would have to be reduced that much, or new supplies found. The IBCC has suggested the portfolio tool to sort out how much water from projects, conservation and ag dry-up would be needed to meet demand. Reducing the demand through conservation could meet the low end of SWSI projections, but can’t do everything, Hamel said…

Pueblo, which bumped up against the limits of its Arkansas River supply in 2002, has reduced its water use by 17 percent per capita since the drought. The Pueblo water board is looking for ways to increase the savings…

Statewide, indoor water use is about 51 gallons per capita daily, while the Denver metro area’s indoor use is about 44 gallons per person daily. Still, the roundtable is looking at reducing that to 30-40 gallons daily through more efficient water fixtures and continued customer education.

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