How a Water District South of Denver Reuses Every Single Drop

Your Water Colorado Blog

By Eric Hecox

Meridian Metropolitan District, General Manager

Reusing or recycling water in Colorado can be a tricky business. There are a number of factors that must be considered: whether your water can legally be reused; which method will be employed and at what scale your reuse program will operate.

At Meridian Metropolitan District we continually wrestle with each of these issues. But before we delve into our own story, here’s a bit of a primer on reuse in Colorado.

Remind Me Again, What Water Can Be Reused?

In general, there are four broad categories of water that can be reused:

  • Transbasin water, which is typically brought over from river basins on the West Slope
  • Transferred consumptive use
  • Nontributary groundwater
  • Other decreed reuse supplies

How Is It Done?

Water providers are currently employing or considering a variety of tactics for reusing their reusable water supplies. These include:

  • Direct non-potable systems

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