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Water agencies in Western cities pledge drought savings. Some environmentalists want more.

A new coalition of Western city water agencies pledged to step up conservation efforts amid the 22-year megadrought draining the Colorado River. The environmental advocacy community diverged on how much to praise or blast the effort.  Water providers in Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Pueblo, Las Vegas and a Southern California umbrella group all pledged to […]

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Aurora may ban sprawling lawns, new golf courses to save water. Other Denver-area cities could follow.

The climate-conscious, first-in-Colorado edicts proposed by the City of Aurora are clear: No new golf courses flooding grass with precious water. No grass in medians or decorative spots near offices. No home lawns sprawling out front and back — turf in backyards would max out at 750 square feet. But get ready, metropolitan water users […]

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

FOUNTAIN — Water drawn from deep wells in the southern Denver Basin has a wild ride ahead, if a $134 million proposal to build a pipeline and reusable water “loop” through much of El Paso County moves forward.  With drought and climate change piling on top of population growth, getting creative to the point of […]

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

By Sarah Kuta, Fresh Water News Despite a stubborn, 20-year drought and reservoirs whose supplies are below normal, Colorado communities remain split on whether to impose permanent outdoor watering restrictions, according to a Fresh Water News analysis of local watering rules. According to the analysis, which examined rules in 15 cities representing the state’s different […]

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

White River National Forest officials on Monday said Aurora Water and Colorado Springs Utilities can move ahead with test drilling to determine whether a controversial dam on Homestake Creek in Eagle County is technically feasible. The decision to let the Front Range water utilities move forward in taking more Western Slope water is only one […]

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

By Michael Elizabeth Sakas, CPR News While most people in Colorado live on the Front Range, most of the state’s water is on the Western Slope. That’s where the snowpack melts and makes its way into the Colorado River. Much of that water flows to places like Denver through a series of dams, reservoirs, pumps […]

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

As drought conditions intensify across Colorado, at least 14 cities in the Denver metro area say they will join forces to warn residents of looming water shortages and the need to cut back use this spring. Denver Water’s Jason Finehout said a metro drought coordination effort would help ensure a consistent message on reducing water […]