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Water is a gift Print

by Randy King
Fort Collins Coloradoan
March 13, 2008

Only 3 percent of all the water on Earth is fresh water. Less than 1 percent is readily available to the world population. In Colorado, each person uses, on average, 200 gallons of water per day. On a hot summer day, it's not uncommon for that usage to be 600 gallons per day. Visualize 12, 55-gallon drums of water per person per day. For a city of 100,000 residents, on a hot day, the water treatment facility is producing 60 million gallons per day. Visualize 60 EPIC swimming pools of water per day.

If you have never had the opportunity to see the effluent stream of treated water leaving the treatment facility, at 60 mgd, it would blow your mind. Cities, such as Thornton, are buying up thousands of acres of farmland in Weld County, to dry up and trade for water rights, to build a treatment facility north of Fort Collins and pipe finished water to their thirsty residents.

That is only one of many projects under way to provide water for a Colorado population expected to double in the next two decades, with several million coming to Northern Colorado alone! Does it make any sense at all to jeopardize a precious water source such as the Laramie Fox Hills Aquifer with in-situ leach uranium mining? Water is a gift to us. It is absolutely paramount that we protect it from the likes of Powertech and others that couldn't care less about anything but the dollar sign.

Randy King, a Water Quality and Treatment Professional, lives in Wellington




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