Archive - May 2008


May 30th

May 30, 2008--Gardner water district struggling to find more water (Pueblo Chieftain)

A small water district in Gardner is scrambling to find water to augment its two wells after water rights it was using were no longer available this spring. The state has issued an order to shut off the wells, but as of Thursday they were still pumping while officials tried to work out a solution.

May 30, 2008--Gov. Ritter signs measures to ensure adequate water (Durango Herald)

Developers will have to prove they have enough water when they apply to cities for permits, thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Bill Ritter on Thursday. House Bill 1141 requires developers of more than 50 units to show cities where they plan to get their water.

May 30, 2008--Treating 'hot' water has high price tag (Pueblo Chieftain)

The state has spent $1 million so far to help small water systems deal with radioactive materials in water supplies. The eventual cost will be much greater, however, making alternatives such as the Arkansas Valley Conduit a more affordable option.

May 29, 2008--PAWSD pursues two fee options (Pagosa Springs Sun)

The PAWSD staff presented three possible alternatives to its current water resource fee policy. The first would create an amortization plan for all consumers, allowing them to pay the fee over time, including interest.

May 29, 2008--Water revelation stuns Council (Colorado Springs Independent)

The news at the May 21 Colorado Springs Utilities board meeting was bad for two reasons. One, it was clearly negative. Two, the magnitude came as a surprise. You might have heard about Utilities revealing a $33 million shortfall in revenues for 2008. One reason given was conservation by families, leading to $9.5 million less than expected from water bills.

May 29, 2008--Water board wants pipeline protection (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Pueblo Board of Water Works still has concerns that a $1.1 billion pipeline project could have an impact on Pueblo not addressed in a federal environmental study. The problem is caused because Colorado Springs wants to hook on to the municipal outlet at Pueblo Dam, potentially decreasing the ability of Pueblo to get water by gravity flow through the outlet.

May 28, 2008--Pitkin County considers tax to secure future water rights and supply (Aspen Times)

Pitkin County officials are contemplating a special tax that would ensure a water supply, regardless of future water-right conflicts. At least a partial answer on whether they should impose such a tax is expected on June 3, when the Board of County Commissioners will be briefed on the results of a survey of county residents regarding water and other issues.

May 28, 2008--GE eyes world's next big worry: water (Washington Post)

Surging oil prices have captured the attention of consumers and leaders around the globe, but General Electric Co is already on to what it thinks will be the world's next big worry -- water. The company said on Wednesday it aims to cut its water usage 20 percent by 2012, a move that should reduce its annual operating costs by $15 million to $20 million.

May 27, 2008--John Martin Reservoir gets infusion of water (Lamar Ledger)

The permanent water pool at John Martin Reservoir grew a little larger earlier this month. The Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Colorado Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation combined to purchase 3,800 acre feet of water from Colorado Springs Utilities.

May 27, 2008--Fed report says climate change risks crops, water (Denver Post)

Climate change is increasing the risk of U.S. crop failures, depleting the nation's water resources and contributing to outbreaks of invasive species and insects, according to a federal report released Tuesday. Those and other problems for the U.S.