Front Range does better by water |

Front Range does better by water

The Denver papers reported this week that Denver Water and the Aurora water department have been treating much less water than during this same time frame a year ago.

The savings was laid to the wet spring, to a conservation ethic created by twice-a-week outdoor water rules and higher prices for big users.

Since this newspaper likes to hammer the Front Range for its water piggishness and an ethic of trying to create North Carolina landscaping in the arid West, we say, great work, Front Rangers.

If you are a visitor or second homeowner in Summit County for the weekend, take a look at Dillon Reservoir. Your efforts at home help keep the reservoir full.

We hope this does not create a false sense of optimism that the drought is really over and efforts to encourage conservation and drought-tolerant landscaping are relaxed.

Because also reported this week was the fact Colorado’s population is predicted to soar again, reaching 7.16 million by the year 2030. Our current population is about 4.3 million, most of it on the Front Range.

The same report says the Western Slope population will double in 2030 to about 889,000 people.

Clearly, the whole state needs a new water-use ethic in the face of that kind of growth. The answer isn’t to grow and worry about water later, ultimately solving the problem with the multi-billion-dollar Big Straw project.

The Big Straw is being studied this year, to see if Colorado can capture water by the Utah border and pump it back to the Front Range – through Dillon Reservoir and the Roberts Tunnel.

But we digress. For now, we like what we see on the Front Range. It’s a great start to a sustainable water future.

Opinions published in this space are formulated by members of the Summit Daily News editorial board: Michael Bennett, Jim Pokrandt, Abigail Eagye, Rachel Toth, Reid Williams, Aidan Leonard, Shauna Farnell and Martha Lunsky.

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