Our Progress

The 2016 Master Plan Update is the most definitive study of water demand and supplies of the region since SMWSA’s initial Master Plan in 2007. The study confirms our region’s tremendous progress transitioning to renewable water supplies and provides the clearest picture to date of our path to a sustainable water future.
The evidence of our progress is clear.



  • The study provides clear evidence of the progress SMWSA members have made securing a more sustainable water future for future generations.
  • In the early 2000’s many of the region’s largest water providers relied on nonrenewable groundwater aquifers for almost all of their water supply.
    • Today, less than half of the region’s water is from nonrenewable groundwater and by 2020, it will fall even further to 22 percent.
    • The Master Plan projects that by build-out in 2065, only 15 percent of the region’s supplies will come from nonrenewable sources.
    • Notably, this progress is being made despite a projected 130 percent increase in total water demand over the same period.
  • This progress is the result of a number of regional projects and initiatives that the SMWSA and its members have invested in, including WISE, the Chatfield Reallocation Project, Reuter Hess Reservoir, the ACWWA/ECCV Northern Project, Castle Rock’s Plum Creek Water Purification Facility and many more.
  • It is also the result of a wide range of strong and effective conservation efforts that have made the South Metro region a leader in conservation and water stewardship in the state.
    • Per capita water demands have decreased by 30 percent since 2000.
    • The region now boasts among the lowest per capita consumption rate in the state.
    • The South Metro region already has met and gone beyond the per capita consumption goal in the state water plan, finalized last year.
    • Many of our members are reusing water to the fullest extent possible.

Little girl drinking clear water

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