Where does my water come from?

Kyra Binaxas

            Water distribution is a clear example of physical environments affecting political processes. The city of Boulder is very fortunate to have the water supply that it does. Based on the bodies of water that it owns, Boulder has made it so that it will have clean drinking water for its residents for decades to come!

The surrounding areas, however, do not seem to be as fortunate. Due to the striking amount of water available to be utilized for drinking this resource has become political. Boulder County rests on a location that makes companies that bottle water view it as having both positive situation and site factors. This makes it liked by companies that hold proximity to markets, along with the fact that tap water is essentially free therefor companies that bottle it and keep it close to their consumers are able to make a huge profit!

The city of Boulder owns the Silver Lake/ Lakewood watershed and the Arapaho Glacier- that is actually more like a permanent snowfield.

Boulder city also has senior water rights on middle boulder creek. Aside from these it also is capable of obtaining some water from the Colorado River after it is pumped through a funnel from Grand County. Boulder receives 40% of its drinking water from Barker reservoir on middle boulder creek, another 40% from the Silver Lake/ Lakewood watershed on North Boulder Creek, and then just 20% from the piece of the Boulder reservoir that is filled by the Colorado River. This puts the city of Boulders residents in a very favorable place when it comes to them having access to drinking water for decades to come. Other towns in Boulder County rely much more heavily on the Colorado River, nor do they have plans to meet water demands in coming decades.

Something for Boulder residents to consider-especially those residents that just reside in Boulder County, not city- is the fact that they live in and area with such a positive situation factor. The Boulder location makes it so that costs of transportation of goods- in this case water- is very minimal. Profits are high and there is plenty of water to go around! At least for now- if residents keep allowing big name companies to deplete their water source than it may not be so plentiful in the future. This positive situation factor allows for a positive site factor as well. Ultimately resulting in companies being capable of having proximity to markets. Meaning they are able to be as close to the consumer as possible without it costing them and money or inconvenience. Typically this results in the inconvenience of the residents whose resource is being depleted being of no concern, nor is it ever dealt with.

Boulder city holds ownership for many plentiful surrounding resources that provide large water supply, and this is not something to be taken fro granted. Hopefully in the decades to come all human beings that reside in Boulder cities surrounding areas as well as in Colorado will realize that their fantastic location is not one that should be taken advantage of by large corporations. Clean drinking water should always be a right and not a privilege. Following is a map of primary water Sources of the Boulder creek watershed. The main sources being numbers: 1- Middle Boulder creek, 2- North Boulder creek, Silver Lake, and finally 6- Main stem.

Works Cited

1) . N.p.. Web. 13 Nov 2013. <http://biggreenboulder.com/where-we-get-our-water/&gt;.

2) . N.p.. Web. 13 Nov 2013. <http://bcn.boulder.co.us/basin/waterworks/&gt;.

3) . N.p.. Web. 13 Nov 2013. <. N.p.. Web. 13 Nov 2013. .>.

Edited by:

Jessica Silvestri, Ellie Strandquist, Jennah Remain

Works Cited

1) . N.p.. Web. 13 Nov 2013. <http://biggreenboulder.com/where-we-get-our-water/&gt;.

2) . N.p.. Web. 13 Nov 2013. <http://bcn.boulder.co.us/basin/waterworks/&gt;.

3) . N.p.. Web. 13 Nov 2013. <. N.p.. Web. 13 Nov 2013. .>.

Edited by:

Jessica Silvestri, Ellie Strandquist, Jennah Reiman

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