Potable Water Reclamation—A Practical Option to Traditional Sources

by Gary Bostrom, City of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, United States,
Peter D. Binney, City of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, United States,
Glenn Hamilton, City of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems


This paper describes the development of potable water reclamation alternatives to meet the future municipal water needs of the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado. By the year 2042, the City will have a peak water demand deficit of 68 million gallons per day (mgd). This shortfall dictates the need for major capital investments in water resource development, delivery, treatment, and distribution facilities in the near future. Consideration of water reclamation alternatives provides many economic, environmental, and operational advantages over more traditional methods of meeting future water needs such as the construction of large dams and pipeline delivery systems. Technologies for advanced water reclamation that can be used to meet or exceed the quality of the current high-quality raw water sources are discussed in this paper, along with suggested implementation strategies.

Subject Headings: Water pipelines | Drinking water | Water reclamation | Urban areas | Water treatment plants | Construction methods | Water quality | Water resources | Colorado | United States

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