The Parker Water and Sanitation District (District) is starting design of new infrastructure to increase the use of renewable water resources to supply drinking water to its customers. The “Water Resource Centralization Project”, part of the District’s Sustainable Water Initiative, will include approximately 15 miles of pipelines, two water purification facilities and two pump stations. The project is the next step in a planned effort to use less groundwater and increase renewable water supplies. Groundwater in the Parker area is a finite supply and has decreased over time due to demand. Renewable water includes surface water from rivers and reservoirs, and water that has been used and is treated, then recycled back into the system.
“While groundwater will remain an important part of the District’s water portfolio, the long-term goal is to have 75 percent of the water provided to our customers be from renewable sources,” said Ron Redd, District Manager, “Incorporating sustainable water sources into our water system will help us meet future water needs.”
Through regional planning and cooperation with other water providers, the District has developed several strategies to use more renewable water supplies. For example, in 2012, the District completed construction of the Rueter-Hess Reservoir, which was built to supply drinking water.
In 2009, the District became a regional partner in the Water Infrastructure and Supply Project (WISE) with Aurora Water, Denver Water and the South Metro Water Supply Authority. Through this project, the District will receive an average of 1,200 acre-feet of treated water through WISE each year starting in 2017. An acre-foot is about 326,000 gallons and enough to supply two families of four for one year.
In addition to efficiencies, the Water Resource Centralization Project consolidates groundwater treatment at two facilities, which produces more consistent water quality throughout the system. Furthermore, the changes to the existing water system are necessary to utilize WISE water in the District’s system. The District has hired Black and Veatch to serve as owner’s advisor for the project and the design-build team of Western Summit Constructors and Stantec to design and plan the project. Construction is scheduled to start this fall and take about one year to complete. The work is being funded through a combination of District customer rates and developer connection fees.