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Municipal and Industrial Water Use in the Colorado River Basin: Moving Towards a Paradigm Shift in Water Reclamation

By Matthew McNerney and Shannon Thomas

-M&I growth will contribute between 64-76% of the total increase in Colorado River demand over the next 60 years.
-The population of the Basin States is expected to approximately double in the year 2060.
-Supply enhancement, namely pipelines, will only continue to exceed the limits on the already diminished Colorado River.
-Conservation is a necessary aspect of meeting future water needs in the Basin.
-Both the Front Range and Las Vegas serve as case studies to show varying conservation strategies that can be used as lessons of effective and ineffective techniques for different water districts.

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