100% Water Needed for Build-Out
Due: December 2025
Principle: Providing safe, reliable, high-quality water, drainage system, and wastewater disposal services for full city build-out, as defined by the Comprehensive Plan.
The City has been engaged in long-term strategic planning related to water supply for decades. Currently, the City has a projected shortfall of 2,550 acre feet (AF) to meet the needs of the community in 2065. To fill the gap the City is pursuing several additional sources of water supplies:
- Participation in the Denver Water Gross Reservoir Expansion project,
- Purchasing agricultural water rights which are then converted to municipal use,
- Planning and construction of a future water storage reservoir.
These additional water supply strategies are complex in nature and require partnerships with multiple agencies. Additionally, these strategies are resource intensive and progress is measured over multiple years.
Water is a critical element necessary for the build-out of the City as envisioned by the Comprehensive Plan. The approach to procuring water must be strategic and multi-faceted.
Another key factor is focusing on water conservation. The importance of water conservation was solidified in the 2019 Community Survey.
The City is partnering with Denver Water on an expansion of Gross Reservoir that will yield the additional water supply needed for build-out.
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Denver Water communications staff post ongoing project updates via: https://grossreservoir.org/. >span cache="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; color: inherit;">As of December 2019, Denver Water is anticipating construction of Gross Reservoir to be complete by 2025.
Water Pipeline Breaks - Description
The City is committed to maintaining the investment in the water system infrastructure. One measure of success is the number of water pipeline breaks that occur annually. The goal or target is to have 25 or fewer water distribution pipeline breaks annually. Data entered each quarter is cumulative.
The goal and target is 4 or less per 100 miles while the industry standard is 12 per 100 miles.
Water Pipeline Breaks - Significance
By Investing in water main replacement and taking the time to analyze and prioritize existing infrastructure, the workforce has been able to reduce the number of pipeline breaks each year.
Keeping the system in good condition improves customer service, saves money, enhances efficiency and assists in keeping water rates as low as possible.
Reducing water distribution pipeline breaks also plays a role in overall water conservation as one break can result in the loss of millions of gallons of water.
Water Pipeline Breaks - Analysis
There were 29 water breaks in 2016, 13 in 2017, 22 in 2018 and 16 to date in 2019. The target was decreased in 2017 and we have been able to meet or exceed the target in 2017 and 2018. In 2019, there were 24 water line breaks, which is two above the target.
Water Pipeline Breaks - Data Source
City Works Asset Management System
Water Emergency Response Time
Emergency Response - Description
This performance measure focuses on the time it takes to respond to all after-hours calls which require an on-call technician to report to the job site with the equipment necessary to immediately mitigate the situation. The time starts with receipt of a phone call and ends when the technician is on site.
This performance measure is aligned with questions on the Community Survey focused on value of utilities and confidence in timely repairs.
Emergency Response - Significance
Providing timely response to all urgent situations (water breaks, sewer overflows, flooding conditions) is necessary to minimize property damage and inconvenience to all customers.
Emergency Response - Analysis
The team continues to meet the target of having a technician on site within 60 minutes of a water related emergency. The target was reduced from 90 minutes to 60 minutes in 2019. There were a total of 9 responses in 2019 compared to 36 in 2018. Numbers for 2020 will be added in December 2020.
Emergency Response - Data Source
Canvas time reporting tool