Jul 12, 2010 9:20 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Official worried abut new Aurora water grab

An Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District official is concerned that the city of Aurora is trying to expand its service area for providing water.

An intergovernmental agreement signed in 2003 requires Aurora's reservoirs to be at 60 percent capacity before it can buy more water through leases.

Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District general manager Terry Scanga is concerned that contracts Aurora has signed to provide water to customers beyond its 300,000 residents are placing more demand on the Arkansas River basin for water.

Aurora Water Director Mark Pifher has said the contracts will expire though, and the city simply is using the water it eventually will need to supply customers in the long term.


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