Colorado Water Usage Report: Front Range Uses Only 19 Percent Of State's Water

03/29/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Cathy Proctor Denver Business Journal

A new report on Colorado's water usage concludes that the Front Range uses about 19 percent of the state's water, yet generates between 80 and 86 percent of its economic activity and tax revenue.

Most of the state's water is used for agriculture, the report says.

With Colorado's population expected to double by 2050, and the potential for a 1 million acre-foot gap between water demands and supplies by then as well, the report is intended to help state planners and politicians decide existing water resources are best put to work, Wayne Vanderschuere, water supply manager for Colorado Springs Utilities, said Wednesday.

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