David L. Little, director of planning for Denver Water, met today with graduate program students.
Denver Water, which reports to the five-person Denver Water Board, serves water and promotes its efficient use to 1.3 million people in the city of Denver and surrounding suburbs. Established in 1918, Denver Water is the state's oldest and largest water utility. In 2007, Denver Water generated nearly $200 million in revenue.
Mr. Little explained the history of Denver Water as well as the integrated resource plan, which serves as the strategic underpinning for the utility's services. The planning department is responsible for identifying and integrating the future water and facility needs and resources of Denver Water and determining and protecting options to meet those needs and resources. He also explained the relationship between western slope water users and the Denver Water.
Most of the water delivered by Denver Water comes from a sophisticated series of mountain reservoirs that store nearly 700,000 acre feet of water.