Curry water bill signed into law
Aspen, CO Colorado
DENVER ” Gov. Bill Ritter signed a bill sponsored by Rep. Kathleen Curry (D-Gunnison) that would give local governments an opportunity to determine whether proposed developments of 50 or more single-family homes have adequate water supplies.
House Bill 1141, which was drafted by Curry, requires developers to demonstrate to local governments, especially municipal-ities, that the water supply for their proposed development application would be sufficient and stable.
Any decision about whether to accept the developers’ water plan for a proposed development would be up to the local government, said Curry, whose district includes Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. To help local officials make a determination about a proposed development’s water supply, developers would have to submit a report that documents the proposed pro-ject’s water demands and supplies.
Information in the reports would have to include an estimate of water demands the development would have when it is built out, a description of the water supply that will serve the project and any water conservation efforts that may be implemented.
Those reports would have to be drafted by a professional engineer or a water supply expert, according to text of the legislation.