The American West is grappling with a water crisis. The Colorado River Basin system is over allocated, meaning more water is being drawn out of the river than is being naturally replenished.
The region has been in a drought for almost two decades with more hot, dry weather is in the long-term forecast.
Yet demand for water is growing. Colorado’s population could increase add another 3 million people by 2050. The bulk of that growth will happen along the Front Range.
This leaves water managers struggling to quench the thirst of their customers. As we explore in this next installment in our Connecting the Drops series, some urban water providers are looking for ways to do more with less.