Thornton Plans To Pipe In Water From Poudre River

A Denver suburb is planning to develop a pipeline that would send Poudre River water to the Denver metropolitan area.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports that Thornton officials are planning to move water about 60 miles from north of Fort Collins to the city's water treatment plant.

Thornton Water Project Director Mark Koleber says construction on the underground pipeline could begin in 2018. Officials say the project is expected to be operational by 2025.

Thornton officials began looking at Poudre River water in the 1980s, The city purchased property in Weld County for their water, and now owns 47 percent of shares in Water Supply and Storage Co., which has diverted from the Poudre River to serve farmers since 1891, and 17 percent of the Jackson Ditch Co.