In Colorado's dry Front Range, water is a resource that must be conserved. As the population of Denver and the surrounding region continues to grow, the increased use of recycled water is necessary to maximize existing resources and build an adequate water supply for the future.
For more than a decade, Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR) has utilized recycled water as a sustainable, low-cost irrigation resource in urban parks. Due to a higher salt content than potable water, recycled water can have a negative impact on certain conifer species. In partnership with Denver Water, DPR evaluates different irrigation methods and water management practices. DPR will continue to work with Denver Water and community partners in assessing the use of recycled water, its effects on trees and park landscaping and possible options to protect and preserve the city's trees.
In accordance with an Interagency Agreement, Denver Parks and Recreation and Denver Water plan to continue a cooperative partnership in recycled water management by forming a collaborative group in 2016 to evaluate and determine testing needed, explore mitigation strategies and evaluate best management practices.