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How Denver Water is addressing a warming climate

Cheesman Reservoir
Cheesman Reservoir during the 2002 drought. Photo credit: Denver Water.

Climate change is serious business for Denver Water.

Experts in Colorado point to rising temperatures, earlier spring runoff and extreme fire behavior as evidence for climate shifts stemming from increasing levels of greenhouse gases tied to power generation, tailpipe emissions and a wide array of human activities over decades.

With weather patterns of the future expected to veer from those of the past, Denver Water is planning for a variety of future scenarios, ranging from a warmer and wetter climate to one that’s hotter and drier.

As Denver Water upgrades and modernizes, the utility is aiming for more flexible and adaptable water collection, treatment and distribution systems to ensure a reliable supply of safe, clean drinking water for 1.5 million people.

Denver Water is also looking at its own operations, with the goal of reducing energy consumption, using cleaner sources and being energy neutral by 2020.