The current WTP can produce 10 MGD, but there have been several times just in 2021 when the city exceeded this capacity. Simply put - we are using more water than we can produce. The max capacity is limited due to:
1) The quantity the WTP can treat
2) The 30-year-old infrastructure of the WTP
3) Discharge limits of brine by the CDPHE (Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment), which are set to expire in December 2024.
4) The cost of the project is approximately $155 million
The City of Brighton has reached out to our partners, like the City of Thornton, Westminster and Denver Water, to figure out innovative ways to get us additional water. Those options of buying water from those entities will get Brighton through the next three years. After that, we will solely rely on the city's new WTP.
Strategies and Water Conservation:
- Aggressive conversion of city parks and school district field to non-potable supply of water
- Connection to new sources for non-potable supply
- Temporary interconnect with South Adams Water and Sanitation to get an extra 500,000 gallons per day
- Encourage and incentivize water conservation throughout the city
- Implement voluntary watering restrictions early in the spring
- Implement restrictions for irrigation and outdoor water use to help conserve water and reduce peak demand during the summer months