9 reasons we’re giving thanks this Thanksgiving

Water you thankful for?

November 25, 2015 | By: Jimmy Luthye

With Thanksgiving upon us, we didn’t feel right stuffing our faces without first sharing some of the things that made us most thankful this year.

1. Bountiful fills and spills.

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We had a lot of water this year, especially early. Three of our reservoirs set record highs in May, with a fourth recording its second highest total in history. Wetter is better.

2. Our water system looks like this.

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Dillon Reservoir. ’Nuff said.

3. Turns out, it’s easy to do Thanksgiving without wasting water.

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Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/NWphotoguy

We’re thankful to have so many tips to enjoy the holiday while saving water. For instance, thaw your frozen turkey in the refrigerator — not under running water. Read and learn, as I have.

4. Nature.

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We’re thankful we live in a place where we balance human needs and those of the animal world. And we’re thankful the public remained patient and safe during the recent extended closure of Waterton Canyon due to increased bear activity.

5. Mmm … Brisk, mineral and grassy.

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In a bizarrely worded taste test in Rodale’s Organic Life magazine, we’re certainly thankful our water was named among the top 10 tastiest in the nation. To top it off, Michael Strahan and Busy Philipps tasted our water on Live with Kelly and Michael! Not too shabby.

6. We have some insanely dedicated employees.

GIF credit to Greg Dutra, FOX 31 Denver
GIF credit to Greg Dutra, FOX 31 Denver

He’s not just showing off for the cameras, folks. Our employees are constantly out busting their tails to make sure the water keeps flowing, and everyone can be thankful for that. It was never more evident than at about 3 a.m. on Oct. 22, when three water main breaks happened almost simultaneously around the Denver area. And we’re especially grateful to the employees who will be working this Thanksgiving Day to keep the water flowing for all of our holiday celebrations.

7. The Great Divide … Have you seen it yet?

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This film came at a critical juncture for water in the West. It’s one of the most important films of the year, and we’re thankful for Havey Productions for their tireless efforts in creating it. Seriously. See it. Here are some ways to do so. Also, check out our film review here and watch our employee reactions here.

8. These moose.

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What’s better than a moose on your porch? A bunch of moose on your porch, of course! Thank you, moose. And a huge thank you to our mountain caretakers (and their families) — like Per Olsson at Jones Pass near Winter Park who took this photo — for their dedication to keeping the water flowing in the heart of the Colorado wilderness.

9. You, our customers.

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Most important, we are thankful for you, our customers, who continue to trust us to deliver you high-quality water. We’re committed to continue doing so and thank you for your commitment to continue using it wisely. It is, after all, our most precious resource.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Related story: Our party starts now by Dana Strongin.

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