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Metro, SE Colorado Water Conservancy District enter into service agreement

Pueblo West will have the right to store water in Pueblo Reservoir in the future, should the storage be needed, after the Metropolitan District agreed to enter into a subcontract with the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District.

The water district wanted to ensure that everyone who will be served on their Arkansas Valley Conduit project – which includes Pueblo West – will have water storage available, so they opened the ability to become part of the water storage master plan at Pueblo Reservoir.

“This is a storage right that we would be able to store future Hill Ranch water in, as well as any of the other water rights we own, if we so choose,” said Pueblo West Metropolitan District Director of Utilities Scott Eilert. “It’s nearby which is good. It’s a very good receptacle for Pueblo West since we’re connected directly to it and can bring up water to our district.

“And, water storage is a limited commodity. There are not a lot of storage (opportunities) along the Arkansas River project, so we wanted to take advantage.”

The master plan contract is between the Bureau of Reclamation and the water district, and Pueblo West now has a subcontract with water district for its storage rights.

The contract allows Pueblo West to begin paying for 10 acre feet, at the starting rate of $40.04 per acre foot of water, in 2017. But the contract gives Pueblo West the ability to store as much as 6,000 acre feet of water in the future should the storage ability be necessary.

“It’s not a huge obligation until we’re ready to store water there in the future,” Eilert said.

Three acre feet is approximately one million gallons of water. The subcontract will go into effect as soon as the water district signs the paperwork, approved in November by the Pueblo West Metro District Board of Directors.

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