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St. Paddy’s feast? You’ll need more than a pot of gold

Hundreds of gallons of water go into growing and producing your favorite Irish staples, like corned beef and cabbage.

If you follow a leprechaun to the end of a rainbow this St. Patrick’s Day, you might end up at one of the picturesque mountain reservoirs that store water for the Denver metro area.

For us, water supply really is our pot of gold.

But, you’ll need to chase more than the pot of liquid gold at the end of our rainbow to have a thriving community.

Large amounts of water from all over the state, nation and world are used to grow and produce the foods, goods and services we use every day — from apples to beer, to clothing and more. This water is part of your overall water footprint.

Let’s follow our lucky leprechaun on his journey through the water footprint of his St. Patrick’s Day feast.

Luck of the Irish chart.