Colorado’s population is growing, and so is our demand for water. We need to act now to make investments in the stormwater control systems, reservoirs, dams, and pipes that have not been able to keep up with a ten percent growth in Colorado’s population since 2010. In 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers estimated Colorado needs an $11.8 billion investment to keep the existing water supply system and wastewater treatment infrastructure healthy. Colorado Springs is already spending an average $17 million a year from 2016 to in 2020 to build out the city’s stormwater control system (thanks to a TABOR exception approved by voters).
Downstream, the 2016 Colorado Water Plan projects the Arkansas River Basin will fall short of residential and industrial water needs by 2050 without significant investment currently totaling $37.5 million. I’ll support raising water fees for urban residential and industrial customers, so we can make additional investment in our water infrastructure at the state level. I’ll also work with Colorado’s local water providers to propose legislation that doesn’t just mandate conservation, but that recognizes our utilities shouldn’t have to sacrifice revenue when customers use less, leaving them short on cash for investment in efficiency and maintenance.
2 – https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/state-item/colorado/
3 – https://coloradosprings.gov/stormwaterwater-resources-engineering/page/issue-2-faqs-and-projects-map
4 – https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cowaterplan/plan
Reference: http://coloradowaterwise.org/ ; https://coloradosprings.gov/public-works/page/stormwater-management ; https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/14WaterResources0829ColoradoSpringsWaterSystemMap.pdf