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Woodmoor Water and Sanitation District No. 1 agrees to contracts for water rights on Rocky Ford Highline Canal

Water rights represent next step in development of Woodmoor's sustainable water supply system

April 8, 2010

The Board of Directors of the Woodmoor Water and Sanitation District No. 1 today held a special meeting to approve contracts for water rights along the Lower Arkansas River.

"Woodmoor Water and Sanitation is dedicated to providing a sustainable and reliable water resource to our current and future customers. This is a responsibility that the district's board and staff take seriously," said board president Benny Nasser.

"Woodmoor long ago began planning for a renewable water system with the acquisition of rights along Monument Creek, development of Woodmoor Lake and construction of a facility to treat surface water," Nasser continued. "These contracts demonstrate that we are moving ahead with our goal of searching for and acquiring dependable water sources."

Today's actions marked the next step in the district's Renewable Water Plan. On Dec. 30, 2009, Woodmoor filed in Water Court an application for approval of a plan to move water upstream from the lower Arkansas River to the district service area via exchange through a system of storage facilities.

This plan will eventually replace Woodmoor's current reliance on Denver Basin aquifers for most of its water. These aquifers for decades have provided plenty of water, but now far too many communities along the Front Range are draining this resource.

The district's board approved three contracts for approximately 41 shares of Rocky Ford Highline, representing approximately 600 acre feet of water in an average year.

"These contracts represent a key next step in the development of Woodmoor's sustainable water supply system," said Jessie Shaffer, district manager. "Overall, the district's Renewable Water Plan will allow us to meet our customer's water demands for many years to come."