water resources master plan

LRE was contracted in 2012 by the Town of Berthoud to complete its Water Resources Master Plan.  LRE was tasked with identifying the annual build-out demand for the Town, estimating the current firm yield of its water rights portfolio, and identifying the amount of water Berthoud would need to acquire in the future to meet both potable and non-potable build-out demands.

Berthoud has not historically realized the growth adjacent communities have achieved; however, Berthoud has revised its water dedication policy and is poised for near-term growth.  The Town requested that LRE develop a Water Resources Master Plan that was dependent upon the number of new taps sold.  LRE relied on the Town’s previous Land Use Plan and Water System Master Plan to estimate the number of taps by customer type and the total public outdoor irrigated acreages at build-out.  LRE then analyzed historical billing data to assess the average, wet, and dry year demands for the Town and compared those demands to the Town’s water dedication policy.

LRE developed a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet model that allowed the Town to evaluate how its existing water supplies and storage capacity performed under its current demands, as well as with future growth (number of taps and irrigated acreages).  LRE utilized the model to assist the Town in optimizing its water resources usage, and identified the amount of future water rights and storage that would be needed to meet the full projected build-out demand.

LRE also developed a non-potable water plan that identified which of the Town’s agricultural water rights could be utilized to meet the irrigation demands of the Town’s parks and open spaces.  The non-potable water plan also identified planning level design criteria and probable costs for the anticipated infrastructure.  The Town has utilized the Water Resources Master Plan to revise its Water Dedication Policy.  Further, the Town is using the model to ensure that new development can be met with existing water supplies and storage capacity; and is identifying when new supplies are needed as well as what water supplies should be purchased.