December 26, 2008--More Colorado River water on tap for county (Boulder Daily Camera)

From where the town of Erie sits — on the flats at the very eastern edge of Boulder County — residents can see the snow stacked in the valleys near the Continental Divide, which melts to quench the thirst of Boulder and Longmont. But they can’t see their own water supply. More than 90 percent of the town’s water is piped up and over the Continental Divide from the headwaters of the Colorado River, where the water is captured early on its long trip to the Pacific. If Erie’s population continues to explode, the town is looking at a serious water shortage by 2025.

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