Water Sources & Storage Levels

Water Sources

Approximately 90% of Consolidated’s Maple Grove System’s sources of water originate in the Clear Creek watershed supplemented by high mountain reservoirs that collect snowmelt runoff. Water is diverted from Clear Creek via a system of raw water transmission ditches such as the Lee Stewart & Eskins, Rocky Mountain, and Agricultural Ditch. Also, Maple Grove Reservoir is on the Lena Gulch channel, and runoff into Lena Gulch may enter or be diverted around Maple Grove Reservoir.

Consolidated fills Welton Reservoir via a network of underground pipes with water originating from Clear Creek. Our Francis Smart Reservoir (constructed in 1892), is filled with water originating in the Coal Creek watershed basin, via the Last Chance Ditch. At various times throughout the year, water from Francis Smart Reservoir is delivered, via underground pipes, to Welton Reservoir.

The remaining 10% of Consolidated’s water is supplied by Denver Water from Gross Reservoir via the South Boulder Diversion Canal, and from Coal Creek.

Both Welton and Smart receive no surface water runoff from the Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge runoff is contained in a separate watershed; therefore, there is no runoff water from the Refuge in either the Welton or Smart Reservoirs. Furthermore, both Francis Smart and Welton Reservoirs are lined and sealed, and no groundwater can enter the reservoirs.

Reservoir Storage Levels

Maple Grove
Reservoir

68%

As of 3/30/2020

Fairmount
Reservoir

79%

As of 3/30/2020

Welton
Reservoir

89%

As of 3/30/2020

Smart
Reservoir

91%

As of 3/30/2020

The Consolidated Mutual Water Company Reservoirs Map