Durango Voters Approve ALP Water Purchase

In November, Durango voters approved a debt of $4 million to buy water from the Animas-La Plata (ALP) Project. The tally on Ballot Measure 2A, with all votes counted, showed that 1,972, or 61 percent, support the issue, compared with 1,274, 39 percent, who were opposed. The city plans to borrow money from the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority. Officials say additional water is needed to satisfy demand at peak periods and to prepare for population growth. In the short term, they want to have more water available than the 60 million gallons they can store now--a seven-day supply. With the acquisition of 3,800 acre-feet of water from the ALP Project, the city would have about 680 million gallons available.