Southern Colorado has a dry climate and is prone to period severe drought. Another water system means having another means to deliver water from different sources and the reservoirs planned as part of Phase II of the SDS project will provide more storage closer to our community.
SDS supports communities where future generations can live and thrive.
Southern Colorado’s future requires water. El Paso County’s population will grow 1.9 percent a year through 2030, or 350,000 more people. The SDS project partners already own rights to sufficient water, but need a delivery system to transport it.
Beyond meeting growing demands, SDS diversifies water portfolios, helps protect against drought and increases the reliability of our existing water systems.
El Paso County is now the most populous county in Colorado. SDS will supply Southern Colorado partner communities with water upon completion in 2016 through the next several decades.
A Diverse Portfolio
When existing pipelines need maintenance or repair, SDS improves the reliability of our system.
Wise Use of Resources
SDS is the least expensive, most direct way to deliver water to our communities.
Water is the lifeblood of our economic health, and critical to retaining and attracting jobs and business to our region.
SDS and Banning-Lewis Ranch
- 2011 SDS Economic Impact Study, Summit Economics LLC