Front Range water supplies under study by local firms

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Royal Koepsell, left, and Sean Chambers are working on an online tool that will catalog information about water providers along the Front Range. - PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck
  • Royal Koepsell, left, and Sean Chambers are working on an online tool that will catalog information about water providers along the Front Range.
In this week's edition of the Independent, we report about recommendations that Colorado Springs Utilities sell water to subdivisions outside the city on a long-term basis.

Those subdivisions rely on a mish-mash of water sources, which can be confusing for home buyers in determining whether their homes have a sustainable water supply.

But that confusion could end with the development of an online database of information about water providers from Denver to Pueblo being compiled by two Colorado Springs firms under a grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

Peak Spatial Enterprises and Chambers Econ & Analytics will be gathering information on dozens of water providers, including water rates, conservation requirements, annual water quality reports, points of contact and more.

"The data allows a buyers to make their own decision," Sean Chambers, owner of Chambers Econ & Analytics who's worked with several water districts, says in an interview.

Counties included in the project include Pueblo, El Paso, Teller, Douglas, Arapahoe, Denver and Adams.

Royal Koepsell with Peak Spatial and Chambers say the project could eventually extend beyond the pilot area and would require updating as changes occur. They hope to assemble a coalition of supporters, including state government, to fund enlarging the area and updating the tool.

Read the news release:
See related PDF Press_Release_Water.Proj_01.31.2018_Peak-Chambers.CWCB.CWP.pdf  

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