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FILE - The Pine Valley reservoir that holds water from Rampart Reservoir before being treated for drinking water for the Academy and Northern Colorado Springs, located on the Air Force Academy grounds. photo by Carol Lawrence 6/3/05

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El Paso County is seeking input from residents in its quest to chronicle the area's water supply and current and future demand.

Officials have launched an online survey to collect data as part of the water master plan process.

The survey allows residents to offer their thoughts on water supply, quality and infrastructure in different parts of the county. Respondents can also offer water conservation strategies and rate potential solutions, such as expanding the area served by Colorado Springs Utilities or encouraging other water providers to switch to more sustainable water sources.

The input will help officials compile the master plan, which will map providers' water sources and infrastructure and include information about projected demand in the future.

The county is home to more than 50 water providers, from CSU and other municipal providers to small metropolitan and water service districts.

By 2050, the county is projected to have a water shortage of about 35,000 acre-feet - or enough water to serve approximately 88,000 homes, according to the survey webpage.

Craig Dossey, executive director of the county Planning and Community Development Department. said the goal of the master plan is to help county officials make better informed decisions when it comes to land-use applications, such as new development projects.

County commissioners in August approved a roughly $272,000 contract with engineering firm Forsgren Associates, Inc., to develop the plan, which is expected to be completed at the end of the year.

The survey will likely be open until the end of May, although county staff may extend that depending on the feedback they receive, Dossey said.

Residents can take the survey online at elpasocounty.metroquest.com.

County Government Reporter

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