Snowpack/runoff news: “Broomfield is well positioned” — David Allen

From the Broomfield Enterprise (Megan Quinn):

Snowpack in the watersheds from which [Colorado-Big Thompson Project] draws water are “significantly above average” for the year. One, in the Upper Colorado River Basin, is at 134 percent of typical levels, while the South Platte River tributaries are at 147 percent of typical levels, according to a news release.

The C-BT project supplies water to Broomfield and 32 other municipalities, according to the release.

David Allen, director of Broomfield Public Works, said C-BT is one three suppliers from which the city gets water, and the increased allotment allows Broomfield a cushion in case it is a hot, dry summer.

“Broomfield is well positioned” for water in 2014, Allen said.

The C-BT project will offer Broomfield 7,709 acre-feet of water this year instead of 6,424 acre-feet originally allocated, Allen said.

Broomfield’s other water sources include Denver Water, which will offer 4,700 acre-feet of water this year. Denver Water also allows Broomfield to “roll over” water allocations it did not use the prior year.

Broomfield also uses water from the Windy Gap project, which could offer up to 5,600 acre-feet, Allen said…

At its highest, Broomfield’s water demand is about 12,745 acre-feet a year. Last year, peak demand was closer to 11,000 acre-feet.

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