In order to secure additional water sources for our customers, Sweetwater Authority (Authority) initiated a controlled transfer of water from its two reservoirs on Friday, February 15, 2019. Water that leaves Loveland Reservoir is transferred through the Sweetwater River channel and captured at Sweetwater Reservoir where it can be treated and distributed to Authority customers at a lower cost than importing water. “This transfer exemplifies how the Authority is maximizing value for our ratepayers by executing on its mission to provide a safe and reliable water supply through sound management practices,” said Chair Steve Castaneda.
Sweetwater Authority’s team of scientists and engineers will monitor the water transfer, which will occur over several weeks, and make modifications as necessary depending on weather conditions. The Authority worked closely with local landowners and businesses near the Sweetwater River channel, notifying them by mail and phone prior to the start of the transfer to lessen any potential impacts.
The Authority conducts controlled transfers periodically when a variety of conditions are met, and coordinates with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to ensure that environmental needs are met. A similar water transfer was last conducted in March 2017. The watershed has suffered severe drought over the last five years. Currently, Loveland Reservoir is over fifty percent full, while Sweetwater Reservoir’s level is at seventeen percent of capacity. Daily lake levels are available at www.sweetwater.org.