The Pueblo Board of Water Works board approves over $1 million in water sales this season

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The board agreed to sell nearly 14,000 acre-feet of water to eight water users in one-year lease agreements for surplus water. The sales do not affect water rights. The board also gets about $6.8 million for 21,000 acre-feet of water in long-term leases.

Rates ranged from $67.55-$150 per acre-foot, with an average of $74 per acre-foot. Most of the water is going to irrigated agriculture. Rates are about 60 percent higher than recent years because of dry weather and high prices for agricultural commodities, said Alan Ward, water resources manager. Three well augmentation groups in the Arkansas Valley will purchase 7,250 acre-feet for about $556,000, while the Bessemer Ditch will buy 6,000 acre-feet for $405,000. There were bids for 53,696 acre-feet of water.

Meanwhile, the board named the new director to take over for Alan Hamel who is retiring. Here’s a report from Chris Woodka writing for The Pueblo Chieftain. From the article:

Terry Book, 60, will take the helm of the Pueblo Board of Water Works in August, the latest step in a 33-year career that has lasted longer than he first imagined…The training period starts May 23, and Book will become executive director Aug. 30…

When Hamel became executive director in 1982, he offered Book a job as a division manager. Book stayed on, rising to his present job as deputy executive director…

“I appreciate the opportunity and the confidence the board has shown in me,” Book said. “Alan has been a mentor to me, and he has set a high standard I will try to live up to.”

More Pueblo Board of Water Works coverage here and here.

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