Water is a valuable resource that cannot be taken for granted and no state knows this more than Colorado. Colorado is one of only two states that does not have an inflow of water, the second being Hawaii. All of the major water supplies in Colorado flow out of the state, nothing flows in. On top of that, these water supplies depend on snowfall to replenish them. In fact, 80 per cent of the water in Colorado is supplied by snowfall. A warm winter could very well mean a very dry summer. There is only an average of 17 inches of precipitation in Colorado each year so it is imperative that the mountains in the winter are packed with a good snowfall.
To further complicate things, the Colorado River is the only major waterway to provide water to the state’s southwest. This river is not only used for irrigation, it generates over 10 billion kilowatt-hours of hydropower each year. The average household in Colorado uses about 250 gallons of water per day. Half of that water goes to watering lawns. Across the state, about 390 billion gallons of water are used annually.
Drought is detrimental to Colorado. Over the last 10 years, 15.6 cubic miles of water has been lost in the Colorado River. This has had a direct effect on Lake Mead, the man-made reservoir that is fed by the river. Over the past 15 years it has dropped over 150 feet. Further studies have shown that the Colorado River will further reduce by another 35 per cent by the year 2050. With less precipitation and more dependence from a growing population, we need to be very careful on how we use this resource.
The recent drought in America has affected Colorado. Several parts of the state are moderately to abnormally dry. Regardless of if a state is affected by drought or not, the need for water remains constant. Those in need of a water well in Colorado can’t afford to take chances. With parts of the state drier than normal and with water conservation on everyone’s mind, not to mention the high costs of drilling a well, what is the best way to ensure your well driller finds water on the first try?
The answer is American Water Surveyors. We have used our high-tech seismoelectric survey equipment in several states, including Colorado. Our process locates groundwater and indicates the depth and yield so when it comes time to call the drillers, you can show them exactly where and how far to drill. Knowing exactly where water is on your property saves you time, hassle and money. Why? Because water well drillers charge by the foot whether or not they drill a dry well. American Water Surveyors takes the guesswork out of the equation so no matter what is going on with the water supply in Colorado, you get a high-yield well – on the first try. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer in Colorado.