A 20-year water supply agreement has been renewed between the Castle Pines North Metropolitan District (CPNMD) and the Ridge at Castle Pines North golf course.
The new agreement, which will be signed by the Metro District’s board of directors at the May 16th meeting, extends the District’s ability to provide up to 240 acre feet of treated effluent water (reclaimed water from sewer treatment) to irrigate the golf course. The Ridge has irrigated the course this way since it was completed in 1997, governed by an initial 20-year pact.
The Metro District has the ability to reduce the amount of irrigation in years when drought conditions may affect the overall water supply condition of the District. And under Colorado’s complicated water laws, the District retains rights to the return flows from the golf course. The Ridge will pay $2.66 per 1,000 gallons, a rate based upon the cost of service to provide this type of water.
“We see the Ridge as a valuable asset to our community, and a desirable customer. The water conservation practices they have been developing demonstrate their appreciation of how valuable an asset water is in Colorado, and to our District,” said District Manager Jim Nikkel.
The treated effluent is pumped from the Plum Creek Water Reclamation Authority plant on US 85 to a pond featured on the 16th hole of the golf course, which supplies the sprinklers on the golf course.
The Ridge at Castle Pines golf course is an award-winning public course designed by Tom Weiskopf, and is nationally recognized for its roomy fairways, sculpted bunkers and large rolling greens. It is managed by Troon Golf, the largest golf management company in the world, and owned by an Arizona investment group.