Drinking Water Week: Do you know where your water comes from?
May 5 through 11 is Drinking Water Week. The City of Greeley joins the American Water Works Association and water professionals across North America in highlighting the importance of getting to know your local water resources.
“We all agree that water is an essential element in our daily lives, but many of us can’t say for certain where our tap water comes from,” says AWWA Executive Director David LaFrance. “Drinking Water Week is a great opportunity to find out whether you’re drinking water from a lake, stream or centuries-old underground aquifer.”
Greeley drinking water comes from Rocky Mountain snowmelt located in four river basins: Cache la Poudre River, Laramie River, Big Thompson River, and Colorado River.
Greeley uses six high-mountain reservoirs in the Poudre basin (Barnes Meadow, Comanche, Hourglass, Peterson, Milton Seaman, and Twin Lake) to retain water from spring snowmelt for redistribution during the summer and fall when water demand is high but river flows are low. In addition, the city uses a plains reservoir system (Boyd Lake, Lake Loveland and Horseshoe Lake) to provide storage for summer demands. Greeley owns a portion of the Colorado-Big Thompson (C-BT) and Windy Gap Projects. We store our portion from the C-BT Project in Lake Granby, Horsetooth Reservoir and Carter Lake and can deliver water to either the Poudre or Big Thompson basins to meet water demand.
Greeley treats water at the Boyd Lake Water Treatment Plant in Loveland and the Bellvue Water Treatment Plant located north of Fort Collins. Treated water is piped to Greeley where it is distributed to customers or stored in one of three finished water reservoirs.
By learning more about local water sources, customers and water providers can work together to be sure they are available for generations to come.