Douglas County developers seek new water sources

CASTLE ROCK — Developers in Douglas County say they are being forced to find new water sources.

A Douglas County judge recently ruled that a project to build more than 12,000 homes south of Denver needs to line up water for the entire project in advance.

Project spokesman Harold Smethills says the judge’s ruling could force developers to use non-renewable water from Colorado aquifers, which will drain the state’s water reserves. Developers are also planning to use rainwater to meet the needs of new residents.

According to the Denver Post ( ), two water production wells are nearing completion this week. The developers say the wells are only for exploration for possible water sources to be used as insurance.


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