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.
The project entails 27 well sites at the three locations (High Forest - 7, Bar-X - 16, McCune – 4.) The wells will be in the Denver and Arapahoe aquifers. Since the amount of water that moves up and down between the four aquifers is unknown, draining the lower aquifers might affect the Dawson as well since there is not a clear, impermeable boundary between the aquifers. The wells will connect to a 24-inch waterline along Hodgen to Meridian and then south to the storage tank and treatment facility for Sterling Ranch on Arroya Lane. They propose to drill the first wells in 2022 or 2023.
Potential use of Southern Delivery System water from the city is possible but even with city water they might not have a high priority for water supplies in a severe drought so they want these non-renewable supplies from the Denver basin.
The question remains if these wells could produce enough water to be commercially feasible. Several wells on Sundance Ranch didn't produce enough water to justify the cost.
The saying, "Paper water does not always equal wet water," comes to mind again. The decreed water rights given to FAWA aren't necessarily the amount of water they will be able to economically extract.
Below are downloads to maps of the various well locations.
Also - CLICK HERE to see the article posted in December 2021 on the Falcon Water Authority.