Greeley’s water supply is plentiful and reliable – Greeley Tribune


Across the state, Coloradans hear they need to prepare for drought conditions. Greeley Water has done the planning and laid the foundation to ensure its residents have a resilient and safe water supply.

The consistent delivery of safe, high quality, great tasting water is Greeley Water’s core mission.

The city’s water supply system is one of the most resilient in the West. Our city’s water comes from the snowpack of four river basins. Mountain reservoirs and city water rights supply two water treatment plants and 2.7 million feet of pipeline, which then travels to your water tap.

Sean’s Chambers

This robust water system has been developed over the past 130 years with great ingenuity, perseverance and steady investment in water rights, storage and facilities. All of these parts work together to ensure an adequate water supply and reliable service for Greeley.

The City’s Water and Sewer Department will be hosting a full-day tour of the water and wastewater systems on Friday, August 5, 2022. Please RSVP for the full-day system tour to: water@greeleygov.com.

The source of supply depends on weather conditions and the city must manage water resources adaptively. The city uses a science and engineering-based methodology to determine if the supply is adequate or if a drought response is needed. We assess the city’s water supply and current water demands, and consider city water in storage, snow accumulation, predicted city water rights and long-term climate and weather forecasts.

This data is used to determine if we are in an “adequate water use year”.

At the April 20 Water and Sewer Board meeting, the Board reviewed the data and staff recommendations before declaring 2022 the Adequate Year of Water. As a result, Greeley has no watering restrictions for this summer, other than watering limitations during the heat of the day.

What does this mean for you? While you may have heard that some of our neighboring communities are drought constrained this year, as is the case across much of the West, this is not the case for Greeley.

There has been a lot of media coverage of systemic drought in the Colorado River Basin and elsewhere, but rest assured that Greeley has enough water for our community. For generations, management, staff, and our City Water & Sewer Board have proactively planned to ensure an adequate supply.

This robust water supply, combined with an extensive system of water infrastructure, makes the Greeley system highly resilient. We have also provided our residents with training and tools on water conservation.

Harold Evans (Courtesy of Greeley Water and Sewer Board)
Harold Evans (Courtesy of Greeley Water and Sewer Board)

The “Water Budget” method for billing Greeley customers has been in place for five years and provides an equitable approach to providing the right amount of water for each residential property based on the irrigable area outside the home and of the number of people. inside the house. Water Budget Billing is paired with the WaterSmart web application to support the City’s goal to promote efficient water use and help ensure we have enough water for this year and many more. years to come.

The town’s management and its water and sewer board are strongly committed to ensuring that Greeley continues to guarantee sufficient capacity to supply, store and distribute water for community needs. Water is the foundation of our sustainable economic growth, urban forests and healthy landscapes, and we act with the intention of ensuring that generations of Greeley citizens will enjoy the same water security we enjoy today. .

— Sean Chambers is director of water services for the town of Greeley. Harold Evans is Chairman of the Greeley Water & Sewer Board.

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