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DENVER -- The Denver Water District, the state's biggest
water provider, says cities need to take a unified stand on water
management to make sure there is enough water available next year.
Board members said there is a growing consensus that conservation
efforts last summer were confusing to consumers and failed to produce
major water savings in part because there were too many different
programs under way.
``Somebody needs to convene a gathering of all the water
providers,'' board member Bill Roberts said. ``If we try to do it
alone, we will fail.''
Cooperative water efforts have been difficult to organize because
so many districts exist. Some have more water than others, and they
have often competed against one another to create their supplies.
Andrew Wallach, a Denver Water Board member, is advocating a
combined water-shortage grid that would show metro area water figures
and paint an overall picture for residents.
Some regional efforts have already begun, with members of the
Metro Mayors Caucus planning to meet later this month to address
drought-response issues. Among other things, it is considering a
comprehensive strategy to protect drought-vulnerable trees.
The Denver board also is asking area cities to require rain
sensors for all irrigation systems and is considering incentives for
consumers who install water-saving devices. The board also wants
cities to set limits on how much land in new developments can be used
for plants and grass that consume the most water.
``A significant amount of water is wasted every year by
overwatering,'' said Carmine Ladarola of the Home Builders
Association of Metro Denver, which initially presented the plans to
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