District Facts and Trivia
For more than 40 years, the District has depended on Denver Basin aquifers – water-bearing geologic formations deep below the surface – for all of our water. For decades these aquifers have provided plenty of water but due to declining water levels, these aquifers cannot be expected to supply affordable water indefinitely.
The District’s water supplies are supplemented by surface water from Monument Creek and Dirty Woman Creek that is exchanged as effluent credits from stream flows above the Tri-Lakes Wastewater Treatment Plant discharge.
The District has two multi-media filtration Water Treatment Plants (Facilities) with a total capacity of 4.7 Million Gallons per Day (MGD). The treated water is stored in two one million gallon storage tanks and is distributed to customers in a system comprised of over 85 miles of pipeline.
The District maintains 567 fire hydrants used by the Tri-Lakes Fire Protection Department.
The daily average total water use for the District per person for the past two years is 113 gallons per day.
Of the 326 million cubic miles of water on planet earth, only about 3% is fresh water, 3/4 of which is frozen. Only 0.5% of all water is ground water and only 0.02% of all water is found in lakes and streams (surface water).
Less than 5% of indoor water usage and less than 1% of all water in public water systems is used for drinking and cooking.
Most of the District’s wastewater pipelines are designed for gravity flow but because of the mountainous terrain, there are seven lift stations that pump low-lying areas to high points where the flow can become part of the gravity system.