Study: Colorado’s water needs growing |

Study: Colorado’s water needs growing

DENVER, Colorado – A new state study says Colorado will likely use nearly triple the amount of water it currently uses by 2050 due to a growing population and economy and environmental needs.

The study by the Colorado Water Conservation Board notes the state’s population is expected to double from 5 million to 10 million between 2010 and 2050. The board says water providers will need to use a mix of new water sources, conservation and conversion of water for agriculture to municipal use to meet the growing demand.

The report says annual statewide water use was about 1 million acre feet last year. Water use is projected to increase to nearly 2 million acre feet in 2035 and as much as 3 million acre feet in 2050

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