Loop proposal - Several water entities in El Paso County are proposing to repurpose the Cherokee Metro District pipeline to pump Southern Delivery System (SDS) water north to service the Falcon area, Sterling Ranch, Woodmoor, Monument and other northern water users. The proposal says the Cherokee pipeline which was built to pump water from Sundance Ranch to southeast Colorado Springs is underutilized and would be better used for pumping renewable water to these water entities who are all needing new water sources and are currently using mostly Denver basin aquifer water. The proposal would require laying a pipeline from Sundance Ranch to Monument with side branches along the way. Wastewater would be pumped south back to Colorado Springs along I-25. The project would cost over $130 million.
The Falcon Area Water Authority (FAWA) is a new entity that plans to take water from High Forest Ranch, Bar-X Ranch and McCune Ranch (now known as Winsome) to supply Sterling Ranch, the Ranch, TimberRidge, the Schmidt property and eventually several Falcon area water districts (Meridian, Woodmen Hills and Falcon Highlands.) The attached maps show the proposed well locations and pipeline systems. Falcon water districts are needing more water and there are few, if any, other sources of available water in the county sufficient to meet their needs.
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I found an article about water in my files that dated back to 1987.
The article talks about the advent of the 300-year rule in El Paso County where the commissioners voted (by a narrow vote of 3-2) to require a 300-year supply of water before a developer could proceed. Eight developers and water districts sued the county claiming the ruling violated state law. The suit ended up before the Colorado Supreme Court where the 300-year rule was upheld and it has been the rule since then for all developments.
The Falcon Area Water Authority (FAWA) is a new entity that plans to take water from High Forest Ranch, Bar-X Ranch and McCune Ranch (now known as Winsome) and pipe it down to supply Sterling Ranch, the Ranch and TimberRidge, and eventually several Falcon area water districts (Meridian, Woodmen Hills, Falcon Highlands and others.) The attached maps show the proposed well locations and pipeline systems. The package says that the Falcon area water districts are needing more water (we already knew that.)
Disclaimer: The outline regarding Denver Basin aquifers and well permitting issues by retired attorney Henry Worley represents his understanding of such issues as of the date of his retirement. While this provides an overview of the Denver Basin aquifers and issues related to those aquifers, it is not intended to provide legal advice regarding any particular situation. Anyone with significant water rights issues is strongly urged to contact an attorney who is competent in such matters.