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New reservoir project shared by Colorado Springs, Fountain, Pueblo, Pueblo West, Aurora, Southeastern Enterprise

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- On Tuesday, city leaders approved their involvement in a project to build a new reservoir and partner with four local communities and a metro-Denver city.

The city will work with Fountain, Pueblo, Pueblo West, the Southeastern Water Activity Enterprise and Aurora on the Haynes Creek Reservoir Project, located along U.S. 50 and around 20 miles east of Pueblo, near the town of Boone.

Colorado Springs Utilities

The Colorado Springs City Council unanimously approved its role in the project during its Tuesday regular meeting.

Councilman Wayne Williams, who also is chairman of the Utilities Board, said that the reservoir is part of the Southern Delivery System for Colorado Springs Utilities.


"We want to establish a consistent flow of water that we get from the Arkansas River," he said. "The reservoir will be east of our SDS pipeline to Colorado Springs, but we will exchange that water with water in the Pueblo Reservoir upstream."

The six partners will share the $2.8 million cost of the 641-acre reservoir site -- with Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Aurora each using 28.5% of the water and thereby paying higher shares of the cost.

The remaining partners will each use 4.7% of the water.

City of Colorado Springs

Officials said that because of the permitting process and other requirements, the reservoir likely won't be ready until 2030 at the earliest.

"But it will help supplement our water needs for the future," Williams said.

Scott Harrison

Scott is a reporter for KRDO. Learn more about Scott here.



  1. Guess our water rates will go up again to pay for this. Maybe instead of constantly finding new water sources we should quit growing.

  2. 8 years from now we will have enough water to handle our city’s population now. What is the government doing to get ahead of constantly being behind the curve?

  3. These efforts should have been done 50years ago. But city father’s kicked the can down the guessing the town of Boone will hold us hostage, to build the pipeline, because of storm water run off issues, just like pueblo did. And did William’s say we will exchange new reservoir water for pueblo reservoir water? What?

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