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Old 04-02-2004   #11
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Old 04-02-2004   #12
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Thanks Kara.

BTW, 1 acre-foot= 43560 cubic feet.

10,000 acre-feet spread out over 5 months averages 33 cfs. I expect 5 months is the approximate use of most reservoirs since most water releases occur May-September. Thus, Moffat tunnel, which diverts up to 53,000 acre-feet, that averages out to 165 cfs over the 5 months, more in Spring, less later.

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Old 04-02-2004   #13
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Water Diversions

Hey Christoff,
You might check out Colorado Water Knowlege. I had a homework assignment based on their information for one of my classes. There is some good info on water diversions and other interesting facts.

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Old 04-03-2004   #14
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Thanks Curtis. I found the following on your web site:

Consumptive Water Use in Colorado--1985
Category------------Consumptive Use-----Percent of Total
--------------------(million gallons/day)------Consumption
Power Generation---------74-------------------1.5

Let's say Urban use is the sum of Domestic, Industrial, Commercial.

Urban use doesn't add up to that much. 90+% of the state is non-Agriculture, and they use 5% of the water.
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Old 04-03-2004   #15
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Wow, those stats really diminish my pride in water conservation. And to think, this summer I'm going to have to put up with the brow beatings from the water district about flushing my toilet.
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Old 04-04-2004   #16
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That's a lot of water used for ag purposes. If farmers don't modernize their irrigation practices (ie. converting from flood irrigation to drip or sprinkler systems which are far more efficient) then they might loose their water rights in the future by necessity. My parents are peach farmers and we have seen these problems coming for a long time. Currently, we are converting a large portion 10 out of 25 acres of land to sprinkler irrigated land with help from Natural Resource Conservations Service grants. We hope to do more in the future.
The reason why urban use is so negligible is that water is continually recycled through wastewater treatment plants, whereas agricultural water evaporates on fields with little returning to the rivers. In fact, almost all of the water that flows through the South Platte River in Denver is wastewater from Shit Plants in times of low water. By the time the South Platte reaches the Nebraska State Line, it has been recycled 18 times. Imagine how Nebraska feels about that.
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Old 04-05-2004   #17
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thats not true.....water in the south platte isn't recycled waste water. the foothills treatment plant (owned by denver water) is the first treatment plant on the south platte. it only cleans up water that is unsanitary because it is runoff. it uses no "shit water" or sewer waste water. no "recycled" water is ever put back into the south platte. metro sewer in northeast denver is the major sewage plant for the city of denver. it does not reuse any water. it uses a chemical and evaporation method then removes and disposes of the sludge which is disposed of in ways mandated by the EPA

you don't know what you are talking about.

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Old 04-05-2004   #18
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It seems that where the shit plant is the most important thing! A good reason to get all heated up. Apparently, Curtis, you don't know shit!

Have you bicycled past the massive water treatment plant that Denver has on the S. Platte up north, just before Clear Creek joins in? Sure smells like a shit plant. They sure take effort to aerate the water, which treated sewage water needs.

They'll be 150 cfs coming out of that plant when the S Platte only has 50 cfs in it. And that 50 cfs probably comes from the Littleton treatment plant.
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Old 04-08-2004   #19
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I'm the first to say when I'm wrong. I'm not wrong just a little under informed on a current project by denver water. the post reported that denver water is in fact building a recycling water plant near metro sewer.
take a look at the article.

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Hey Aaron,

The recycled water still won't go into the South Platte but will be used to irrigate the growing 'burbs. Its referred to as a "Reuse" plant and will have special pipelines to run the highly treated wastewater to golf courses and neighborhoods that install a third pipeline (drinking, reuse, sanitary sewer). Supposedly wastewater reuse could supply 1/5 of the Metro Denver area's needs.


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