Central City – Water Resources

Central City – Water Resources


Central City, Colorado

Deere & Ault Consultants, Inc. staff have provided on-going water resources consulting services to Central City since 1995. Services have included extensive water right analyses and litigation support, including expert witness testimony, for various types of water rights issues, including exchanges on Clear Creek and North Clear Creek,claims for reusable lawn irrigation return flows, plan for augmentation, and applications for junior conditional direct flow and storage water rights.

Central City received a final decree for these water rights in Case Nos. 91CW125, 92CW168,94CW063, and 96CW1032.


Chase Gulch Reservoir, a component of Central City’s water supply system
located on Chase Gulch, a tributary of North Clear Creek.

In addition, Deere & Ault staff have reviewed applications for water rights of a number of other water users on Clear Creek to ensure that no injury would result to Central City’s water rights. This included all phases of the litigation and expert witness testimony for the City of Black Hawk water rights cases 92CW058, 92CW059, and 93CW055.

Deere & Ault staff developed a computer operations model of the Central City raw water supply system. The model included the operation of water rights on North Clear Creek and tributaries of North Clear Creek, water rights on Fall River, and exchange of Central City’s Farmers’ Highline shares from the Farmers’ Highline augmentation station up to various points of diversion on North Clear Creek and its tributaries. The model was used extensively tosupport the engineering opinions provided to the Water Court in the various water rights cases previously described.

Client: Central City, Colorado

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