Denver’s No. 1 — but you already knew that

What a top rating for business has to do with water  

August 11, 2015 | By: Travis Thompson
Denver Water's Running Toilet celebrates Earth Day with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
Denver Water’s Running Toilet celebrates Earth Day with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

When we hear that Denver is rated at the top of a high-profile list, we’re never surprised. We’ve known how great this city is since its infancy — and we can say that because water has been here from day one.

So we figured it would only be a matter of time before the rest of the world caught up. And did it ever, with Forbes recently ranking Denver No. 1 for business and careers.

“Denver is one of America’s great cities because entrepreneurship, independence and innovation are part of our DNA,” said Denver Water CEO Jim Lochhead. “We have a collaborative and regional approach.

“We’ve been able to build a fantastic airport with growing worldwide connections, transform downtown with metro-area light rail, a convention center and sports venues — and of course there are the mountains and a healthy outdoor lifestyle.”

But as we all know, if you build it, they will come. And on our journey to a statewide population that’s expected to double by 2050, Denver Water is addressing new challenges, from climate change to drought and wildfires to economic uncertainties.

Are we worried? Lochhead says no. Denver Water will continue to be a visionary organization by planning decades into the future.

“We will build on the growing atmosphere of innovation by inventing new solutions to water supply that will serve our growing population while preserving the Colorado values of vibrant cities, a robust agricultural and rural economy, and a healthy environment that supports great recreation,” he said.

There is no one single solution to help meet our future needs and challenges, but Denver Water will continue to use an integrated approach that includes conservation, reuse and new supply.

Just like our early water managers who had the foresight more than 100 years ago to develop reliable, clean drinking water to make Denver the leader it is today, we’re working hard to keep this great city on top of the list tomorrow, too.

UPDATE: On March 2, 2016, Denver ranked number 1 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Places to Live in the USA in 2016. But again, we already knew that!


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