Boulder is the birthplace of water conservation and a major water conservation target for Boulder and Boulder County.
But there is another water conservation project that is a big win for Boulder.
Boulder has agreed to pay for a $3 million expansion of the Boulder River’s irrigation channel.
The new channel, which is about 3.5 miles long and 300 feet wide, will provide a new way to divert water to the city’s growing aquifer.
The project is expected to cost about $500,000, with the county agreeing to cover the cost of construction.
The Boulder River is one of the most heavily irrigated in the U.S. and supplies a large portion of the city of Boulder’s water.
In the past, Boulder was able to buy water at the pump at higher rates than other communities.
But a series of water management decisions in the 1980s and 1990s forced Boulder to divert a large amount of water from the aquifer into the city.
In order to avoid being inundated by a waterway that was not designed for that kind of use, the city agreed to buy more water than it used from the city in order to save money.
“It’s a very expensive decision,” said Brian Satterfield, the Boulder Regional Planning Commission’s director of water and sewer.
“And I think it’s one that’s going to save the city money.”
The new channel will be a major boon for Boulder’s growing water supply.
Satterfields said the river has not been able to replenish itself for years because it’s been flooded a few times a year.
The city of 700,000 people has been pumping out water at a rate of about 1.3 million gallons per day for the last few years.
But Satterfords hope that this new channel can help replenish the river’s aquifer faster than ever.
Bellingham Waterworks, which owns and operates Boulder’s irrigation system, will pay for the construction of the new channel and help finance the work.
But it will be the city and not Boulder Waterworks that will be responsible for maintaining and improving the river.
Bells Waterworks CEO Steve Belsky said the new canal will be “a natural part of our city’s water system.”
He said the company will have a long-term vision to manage the river to make sure it remains a healthy and reliable water source for the future.
The project is just one of many projects Boulder is working on that could help the city meet its water conservation goals.
Sustain Boulder, the nonprofit that runs Boulder’s Water and Sewer Department, is also working on a new aquifer restoration project, as well as a plan to restore a 1,500-year-old river that flows through Boulder.
And Boulder is also hoping to help reduce the amount of pollutants that are released from its water treatment plant into the water supply, a major concern for Boulder residents.
Belsky is optimistic about the project’s benefits.
He said there’s a chance that this project will be one of those projects that help keep Boulder’s community water quality high.
Bills Waterworks is part of the Watershed Foundation, which helps finance water conservation projects.
It also is a major donor to local campaigns that help Boulder’s residents conserve water.
Satterfield said the Water and Wastewater District has already worked with the city to find out if the project is legal.
If it is, he said the city will use the money to get it approved.
“We want to make a positive, sustainable contribution to the community,” Satterfeld said.