From the U.S. Water Alliance website:
At the US Water Alliance, we bring together public, private, and community leaders to advance One Water solutions—holistic and integrated water management strategies that improve economic, environmental, and community outcomes. While the challenges facing our water future are great, our capacity for innovation and problem-solving is even greater. There are inspiring examples across the country of sustainable and integrated water resource management. That is why we annually award the US Water Prize to organizations that are leading the way with creative One Water solutions…
Aurora, Colorado is facing the water supply problems of many cities and regions in the arid west—a changing climate alongside a growing population. To combat these issues and secure the area’s water stability, Aurora Water worked with regional partners to create the Prairie Waters system, a innovative system that recapturing and recycling water to provide drinking water and drought insurance for the region. Using a multi barrier treatment process that includes both naturally-existing systems and state-of-the-art purification systems, Prairie Waters provides an additional twelve million gallons of clean, safe and dependable water each day. The Prairie Water program will help meet Aurora’s complex water needs for decades to come and can be a model for other regions experiencing changes in their water supply needs.
From KDVR.com (Sarah Schueler):
Aurora’s Prairie Waters system has won the U.S. Water Prize from the U.S. Water Alliance.
The system was given the honor for its environmentally friendly and sustainable approach to water development.
The aware panel also said the Prairie Waters system can be a model for other regions experiencing changes in water supply needs.
Accepting the award at a ceremony in New Orleans on Tuesday night was Marshall Brown, the director of Aurora Water.