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Conifer’s Centralized Water Systems

Most of the 377 wells in the Activity Center are “exempt” wells meaning that they are exempt from metering. There are three centralized water systems: Conifer Metro District (CMD) at the Safeway Center, Aspen Park Metro District (APMD) at King Soopers and Conifer Water Association (CWA/CSA) at the Staples Center. All three systems provide monthly accounting to the Colorado Division Water Resources. For Water Year 2020 (WY20), all 3 systems total pumped 32933 gallons per day (GPD) or 36.9 acre feet per year (af/yr).

40 Years ago, CWA was permitted by decree to pump groundwater from the aquifer and release treated effluent to surface (North Turkey Creek). The 1999 and 2001 decrees for APMD and CMD required 95% of the water to be returned to the groundwater system, or recharged. This is accomplished through an exfiltration gallery under the parking lots. For various reasons, the 95% recharge has not been achieved and there is an increasing release to surface to South Turkey Creek (APMD) and North Turkey Creek (CWA and CMD).

The 10-year recharge chart cuts off at WY19, or 10/31/2019. Since March 2019, the CMD recharge performance has dramatically improved. This chart shows the past 12 calendar months of CMD recharge averaging 87%.

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