Denver Water is responsible for the collection, storage, quality control and distribution of drinking water to 1.4 million people, which is nearly one-fourth of all Coloradans. Almost all of its water comes from mountain snowmelt, and Denver is the first major user in line to use that water.
Denver Water’s primary water sources are the South Platte River, Blue River, Williams Fork River and Fraser River watersheds, but it also uses water from the South Boulder Creek, Ralston Creek and Bear Creek watersheds.
Denver Water’s collection system (PDF map) covers about 4,000 square miles, or 2.5 million acres, and extends into more than eight counties, including Park, Grand, Jefferson, Summit, Teller, Douglas, Clear Creek and Gilpin counties.
|Reservoir||Capacity (acre-feet)||Percent of Total Capacity|
|Eleven Mile Canyon||97,779||14.1|
|Wolford Mountain (Denver's portion)||25,610||3.7|