There is no higher priority for the Douglas County Commissioners than partnering with our water providers to secure a dependable and sustainable water supply – our focus for more than a decade to make sure there’s water today and for generations to come.
Since 2000, Douglas County has made water a top priority in terms of securing a dependable water supply and advocating for water conservation. This only helps address a portion of the problem. Storage is a key component of a viable water strategy, and our region has increased storage with the construction of Rueter-Hess Reservoir and the expansion of Chatfield Reservoir.
Douglas County partners with local water and wastewater authorities on projects. For example, Roxborough Water and Sanitation delivers renewable long-term water supplies to communities in the northwestern portion of the county. In addition, the County has partnered, along with other water providers, with Denver Water and Aurora Water on the WISE Project. Douglas County reserved 2,775-acre feet of WISE water supplies for future use. This collaboration of Colorado Western Slope and Front Range communities could provide water to approximately 50,000 households per year.
Maintaining water quality has also been a long-standing priority of the commissioners. Douglas County is a founding member of the Colorado Clean Water Coalition. State and federal regulations require the County to provide flood protection and storm water quality. Douglas County has been recognized among the leaders in both the state and nation in storm water management.
A commitment to a dependable water supply and water quality protects property values, jobs, the economy and the overall quality of life of residents.