Water Infrastructure and Supply Efficiency (WISE) Project
The WISE project is a first-of-its-kind partnership where South Metro Water Supply Authority, Denver Water and Aurora Water share water supplies and infrastructure, reducing the region’s reliance on nonrenewable groundwater, bolstering water supplies to South Metro communities, and maximizing existing water assets in Denver and Aurora.
WISE provides significant benefits to all three partners:
Ten South Metro Water members receive significant quantities of new renewable water supply
Denver receives a new backup water supply
Aurora benefits from partners who share in the cost of its Prairie Waters Project
Featured Infrastructure Projects
The Rueter-Hess Reservoir in Parker, completed in 2012, was a collaboration among four South Metro Water members...
Chatfield reallocation project
The expansion of Chatfield Reservoir will increase the region’s available water supply and decrease our reliance on...
Aquifer storage & recovery
South Metro Water is leading the way in coordinating a regional effort to store water resources underground...
Additional Storage Opportunities
Storage is an essential component to the region’s secure water future. In our semi-arid climate, we must capture snowmelt and rainfall when it happens so it is available when we need it. Projects such as Chatfield, Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR), and the Colorado Water Plan are making big strides towards providing storage for our region, but as identified in our 2016 Master Plan Update, additional storage will be critical to help firm existing and future supplies. South Metro Water continues to explore new storage opportunities.