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It’s your water, tell us what you think. In a thriving community, long-term water is a top priority. Currently, Castle Rock is dependent on nonrenewable ground water. But, for the past 10 years Castle Rock Water has been working to secure long-term renewable water – and in turn the community’s water future. Since 2006, Castle Rock Water has had a Water Resources Strategic Master Plan. That plan lays out strategic steps to help ensure the community has water now and in the future. As Castle Rock continues to change, the plan must be updated. Right now, Castle Rock Water is working on the third update and is looking for input. Customers can share their opinions with an online survey at CRgov.com/WaterMasterPlan. Responses will be kept confidential but will be used to measure the community’s thoughts regarding water in Castle Rock. Renewable water is important for our community’s long-term water future. Securing additional sources for renewable water is the goal of this 2016 update. Other strategic steps include: •Continued program development to achieve a 75 percent renewable and 25 percent nonrenewable water supply by 2050 •Implementation of additional conservation measures to reduce the per capita demand to 100 gallons of water per person per day •Full utilization of water rights in the Cherry Creek and Plum Creek basins, as well as additional sources •Continued development of partnerships with regional entities like the South Metro Water Supply Authority to share costs and resources •Prioritize storage programs to keep excess water in current space in underground aquifers and the Rueter-Hess and Chatfield reservoirs •Manage water rates and fees to generate the required significant revenue to fund the long-term water program while spreading those costs between current and future customers Additionally, Castle Rock Water is planning to expand the use of renewable water sources through reuse. Reused or recycled water is treated water that has been discharged from the wastewater treatment plant. It will be recaptured, purified at the Plum Creek Water Purification Facility, and distributed to customers. This is a common practice in many other communities in the country, and would meet approximately 35 percent of the community’s future projected water demands. “Ensuring the community’s water future is Castle Rock Water’s top priority,” said Castle Rock Water Director Mark Marlowe. “We are working hard to meet those demands and are confident this plan will help keep the community on the right track.” Get a detailed look at the draft 2016 Water Resources Strategic Plan and fill out the survey at CRgov.com/WaterMasterPlan. The survey will be available through Monday, Nov. 14. Get Town news straight to your inbox. Sign up online at CRgov.com/notifyme, or follow the Town on Facebook (facebook.com/CRgov), Twitter (@CRgov), Instagram (CRGOV) and LinkedIn (search Town of Castle Rock).