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As aquifers drain, El Paso County is hoping a nearly endless loop of water can fight future shortages

Could a $134 million pipeline recycling suburban water help wean communities off depleted aquifer sources? The latest complex solution for the arid, fast-growing West.


Denver streams are glorified fountains, supplied mostly by your sprinkler heads

A new study from CSU shows 80% of summer flows in pleasing city creeks comes from tap water and lawn water leaking back into what should be a dry gulch.


Could Colorado cities save enough water to stop building dams?

Conservation groups want more “cash for grass” and other plans to acquire new water by saving it. But Denver and Aurora, among others, say there’s only so much to cut before a new dam is needed.


Watering restrictions work. But only 53% of Colorado cities have them.

Outdoor use accounts for as much as half of all domestic water consumption and cities that tightened the spigot have significantly reduced per-person use. But permanent watering rules are just one conservation tool.


Aurora, Colorado Springs get federal OK to test if controversial reservoir in Eagle County wilderness is feasible

Front Range cities need the additional water storage to meet their growth projections. But Holy Cross Wilderness boundaries would need to be redrawn to build it.


Aurora and Colorado Springs want more water. The proposed solution — a new reservoir — would have far-reaching impacts.

Two of Colorado's largest cities are working together because they have the same problem: Planners don’t think they have enough water where they are to support the cities’ expected growth.


14 Front Range cities coordinate to warn of water shortages in alarmingly dry year

Cities are watching snowpack and reservoir storage closely. The district serving Highlands Ranch says its reservoirs are 25% less full than is normal for this time of year.


Opinion: On this one thing, 9 Colorado water managers agree

Venture capital has circled Colorado water before. This time, investors are posturing as the only solution to a climate change driven reduction in the flows of our rivers.


How coronavirus and drought have combined to affect Colorado’s limited water supply

While two of Colorado’s largest water providers noticed big drops in some use when the pandemic hit, those savings are now being erased as people water their parched grass


Old mining shacks are becoming backcountry ski huts in Colorado’s high country

The North London Mill preservation project in Park County aims to use a long-abandoned gold mill site for outdoor education as part of rural Colorado's shift from extraction to recreation


Aurora, Colorado Springs own water near Leadville. They may need to redraw a wilderness area to access it.

The first step for the Front Range cities, which want to act on their decades-old water rights, is to drill test bores for a proposed dam that would flood a Holy Cross Wilderness access road


Water crisis looms if Colorado fails to meet its legal obligations to other states, study warns

If water consumption increases by as little as 12%, the risk of Front Range spigots and farmland going dry doubles. But some call the findings scare tactics.


Colorado wastewater managers are grappling with a “wipes crisis” that leaves pipes in crappy shape

Low-flow toilets and an endless supply of wipes that shouldn’t actually be flushed result in heavy, stinking blobs lightheartedly referred to as ‘Cousin Its’ when they’re dragged from the sewer


Fish ladders and boat chutes part of a massive dam rebuild on the Arkansas River

In the process of rebuilding a diversion to get river water to thirsty cities, Colorado Springs and Aurora collaborated with wildlife, environmental and recreational interests for ambitious infrastructure upgrade


Aurora spent $34 million on water from a toxic mine. It’s not as crazy as it sounds.

The plan to tap the aquifer above Park County's London Mine could provide a template for how thirsty cities can draw on new sources of clean water, while also cleaning up polluted mine runoff


Opinion: Just because it’s been a wet year doesn’t mean we can afford to waste water

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Aurora officials say water in Colorado is increasingly difficult to find. So they’ve tapped an inactive mine.

Like other Colorado cities, Aurora is searching for new sources as its population grows