“Why should Colorado Springs Utilities is be involved in this?” the mayor said.
“In my view, because Utilities will be bringing Southern Delivery System water here from down at the Pueblo Dam and the Arkansas River,” he said.
SDS is a 62-mile underground pipeline that Utilities is between from Pueblo to Colorado Springs. The pipeline is expected to be in operation by 2016.
“Utilities will thereby be, frankly, exacerbating our stormwater challenges because after that water is used locally — whether it’s domestic consumption or irrigation or other purposes – it will be returned. It’s called return flow and that water will be additive to Fountain Creek flow going back down south. At least that’s a pragmatic reason that I see that Utilities should partner with us.”
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