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One strategy in long-term water planning is having the storage to manage renewable water supplies when they are available. The Cherry Creek Project Water Authority (CCPWA) was created in 2005 so local water providers could partner for water supply opportunities. The newest project is the construction of Walker Reservoir, a 650-acre-foot (AF) water storage facility.
The partners, the Pinery Water and Wastewater District, Cottonwood Water and Sanitation District, Inverness Water and Sanitation District, and the newest member, Castle Rock Water will share in ownership and cost of the approximately $12 million reservoir, located near Franktown. The Authority contracted Wenck, now a part of Stantec, for design of the reservoir and construction observation, and HPM Contracting was selected to construct the full reservoir.
The purpose of the reservoir is for the Authority, and its members, to store up to 650 acre-feet (AF) of water for use during dry months when demands are high. The proximity of this property to Cherry Creek and the partnering communities, makes this reservoir a cost-effective option. The reservoir is for drinking water storage and not open to the public. Construction activities are scheduled to begin in September 2021 and project completion is scheduled for Spring 2023.
A ground-breaking ceremony is being held Monday, Sept. 27, 9 to 11 a.m. with stakeholders from each water provider to commemorate this collaborative partnership.
Any questions regarding the project can be directed to Richard Krulish, CCPWA Manager at 720-751-2635.