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Posted on: May 13, 2010

[ARCHIVED] Residents can tour new reservoir next month

A reliable drinking water supply is critical to a town’s vitality.

Castle Rock currently relies almost 100 percent on groundwater, which is not renewable. Therefore, the Town has been working to shift its water supply to sustainable surface water sources.

Sustainable water strategies take a long-term view of water resource planning. They consider all sources of water and the needs of the Town, industry, agriculture and the environment.

The Rueter-Hess Reservoir, currently under construction in Parker, is an important part of the Town’s sustainable water strategy.

Castle Rock residents and business owners can get an up-close look at the reservoir – which the Town is helping to fund – during a tour the morning of Saturday, June 12. The tour will include four stops around the reservoir. It will showcase the work involved in this major undertaking and preview what is yet to come.

“This tour offers residents a unique opportunity to see where the future of Castle Rock water is heading,” Town Utilities Director Ron Redd said. “It will be an educational and, hopefully, entertaining experience that families will remember long after the reservoir has been filled.”

Ground was broken on the Rueter-Hess Reservoir in fall 2008. It is expected to be completed in 2012.

“Rueter Hess one of the Town's key long-term water facilities, and a new water infrastructure will be an essential investment in our water strategy.” Redd said.

The reservoir eventually will hold drinking water for Castle Rock, Parker, Castle Pines North and other local municipalities. Plans call for the reservoir’s recreational uses to ultimately include parks, trails, fishing and nonmotorized boats.

The tour is free and will include information about the Town’s involvement in the project and about Castle Rock’s broader long-term water goals. Light refreshments will be served, and attendees will receive a memento to help remind them to conserve water.

Space on the tour bus is limited, so reservations are required by June 4. **As of June 1, our tour bus capacity is full. Due to overwhelming response, we will not be able to accommodate walk-ins. You must be on the reservation list for the tour.

Check-in for the tour will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the tour bus will leave Town Hall at 9 a.m. Participants should be back to Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St., by noon.

You may contact rueterhess@crgov.com to be placed on a waiting list for future tours.

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