In February, Arapahoe County kicked off a yearlong Water Supply Study to help inform future land use decisions that balance limited water supplies against the growing needs of industry and residents. A project webpage highlights important information and includes a form for signing-up for updates.
An advisory committee, comprised of representatives from water districts and municipal planning staffs, will guide the study to ultimately answer how much water is available in the County and how much growth the precious resource can support through the year 2050.
Water experts will provide data around future and existing supply conditions, while municipal and county planners will provide growth forecasts to help guide future land use decisions. Additionally, the study will recommend water conservation measures the County can enact to help preserve supplies.
County planners last examined water supply in 2001, and Comprehensive Plan updates in 2018 included recommendations to reduce overall water consumption and identify conservation and reuse policies.
The committee is working with a consultant team, which consists of Forsgren Associates, Inc., LRE Water and Michael Baker International, that completed water studies for neighboring Elbert and El Paso counties.
We Want to Hear From You!
Later this year, the County will host public meetings to present preliminary findings and solicit resident and stakeholder feedback. Throughout the process, residents can provide comments and learn about the study through an interactive online platform available on the project website.