Snowmass history: A tall drink of water |

Snowmass history: A tall drink of water

Water storage tank was part of larger system in the village

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A water storage tank at the new Snowmass Ski Area and base area, circa 1967. A person in the far background of the image offers perspective on the significant size.
David Hiser/Aspen Historical Society, Hiser Collection

A new water storage tank pictured in the Aspen Illustrated News in May 1967 was part of a larger system in the village.

The 600 gallons-per-minute capacity water plant was about 25% complete by then, and by the end of that summer, a 300,000 gallons-per-day sewage plant was scheduled to be complete. The Snowmass Water & Sanitation District was formed shortly after and has been providing clean water and treating wastewater for Snowmass Village since 1968. The water system includes 4 miles of raw water collection pipes in the high mountain basin.

In 2010, as part of an expansion of the Ziegler Reservoir for the district, the Snowmastodon Site was discovered. Though over 36,000 bones were excavated, the project was completed on time and increased water storage for the district, since water conservation is one of the most critical issues the district faces. Water use reduction through leakage detection and water-efficient fixtures has helped Snowmass Village’s use go from 652 million gallons annually in 2008 to just 450 million gallons by 2015 — even as the population grew by 20%.

This story was originally published in the May 4 edition of The Snowmass Sun. It was later posted online on May 15 due to a previous web publishing error.

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