Preparing for our Water Future
The water and drought stories seem to be in the news almost daily. Yesterday, the Federal Government declared a water shortage on the Colorado River for the first time, triggering mandatory water consumption cuts for states in the Southwest.
What about Firestone’s water story? The Town of Firestone has not been impacted by this yet but has already begun projects that will help protect us from scenarios such as this.
Historically the Town has been reliant solely on water from the Colorado-Big Thompson Project. Central Weld County Water District treats this source through the Carter Lake Filter Plant located near Carter Lake. Due to the Carter Lake Filter Plant location, the Town has been limited on types of water sources available to be accepted to address current and future demands. What can we do as a community to secure water for today’s residents and the Firestone community’s future?
In March of 2020, the Board of Trustees adopted the 2020-2050 Water Action Plan to address these concerns. The Water Action Plan proactively lays out how the Town will meet raw water and treated water demands over the next 10 to 30 years. Including building a water treatment plant, implementing a non-potable system, building water storage, adding additional pipelines and storage tanks, and diversifying our water supply, and ensuring the Town has access to redundancies that help protect us from water shortages.
This Water Action Plan is helping assure the Town of Firestone is on a path to water independence and diversifies our water portfolio to open the doors for growth in this community.
Looking for more information about Firestone’s water story? We’ll be launching a new section of our website soon – Water Initiatives & Partnerships – to help residents understand all of these pieces and how important they are to the community.