Strontia Springs: The little reservoir that could

80 percent of Denver’s drinking water passes through Strontia Springs Reservoir — one of the smallest in Denver Water's system.

September 9, 2017 | By: TAP Staff
Strontia Springs Reservoir in Littleton, Colo.
Strontia Springs Reservoir in Littleton, Colorado.

 

Sitting 6.5 miles upstream of the mouth of Waterton Canyon in Littleton, Colorado is Strontia Springs Dam — a 243-foot-tall structure that forms Strontia Springs Reservoir.

With a capacity of just 7,863 acre-feet, Strontia Springs is the smallest of three terminal water storage facilities in Denver Water’s system, meaning it is the final stop for mountain water before it heads to the treatment process. The other two are Ralston Reservoir and Marston Forebay.

Because Denver Water’s south system is substantially larger than its north system, about 80 percent of Denver’s drinking water passes through Strontia Springs Reservoir before eventually going to customers in Denver Water’s service area.

For being small, Strontia Springs sure packs a big, critically important punch.

Check out Army Corps of Engineers approves Gross Dam expansion to learn how Denver Water plans to address our imbalanced system with the Gross Reservoir Expansion Project.

1 thought on “Strontia Springs: The little reservoir that could”

  1. Every time you post one of these beautiful spots I want to hike out and see them. I love the history of the Denver/Colorado water system. Thanks for posting these.

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