Where Does Meridian Ranch's Water Come From?
The District provides the Meridian Ranch residents with a reliable supply of quality water by using a wide array of groundwater wells and a sophisticated water system. The District pumps the groundwater from a mix of the 15 on-site and 6 off-site wells, which are as deep as 2,600 feet and as shallow as 150 feet from the surface. These wells are located in the Denver basin aquifer, which consist of the Dawson, Denver, Arapahoe, and Laramie Fox Hills aquifers. There are also two wells located in the Upper Black Squirrel Alluvium Aquifer. From there, the water is piped to the community through almost 94,000 feet (about 18 miles) of pipe. In total, the District has over 22 miles of water-system pipes, 600 fire hydrants, 4.1 million gallons of storage capacity, and a water treatment facility.
What You Can Do
Report Outdoor Leaks
Often, outdoor water leaks go unnoticed by a homeowner for days. But, if they don't know about a leak, they can't fix it. If you notice excessive running/standing water at someone's home or any community area, please contact the District with the location and the time and date you noticed the leak.
- Use a commercial car wash to minimize the amount of grease, dirt, and soapy water that flows into the storm drain. Remember, stormwater isn't treated - this pollution makes its way into local bodies of water.
- Check your vehicle for leaks and spills. Make repairs as quickly as possible and be sure to properly clean up any fluids with absorbent materials. Don’t rinse the spills into the nearby street.
- Properly dispose of automotive fluids and recycle motor oil. Utilize county chemical roundups for disposal of dangerous chemicals and fluids.
Home Care & Repair
- Locate the nearest storm drains and protect them from debris before starting a project.
- Immediately sweep up any remaining construction debris such as concrete or sawdust.
- Purchase nontoxic, biodegradable material whenever possible.
- Clean paintbrushes in a sink, not outdoors. Properly dispose of excess paints or paint thinner through a county chemical roundup or other hazardous waste collection program.
- Direct downspouts away from any paved surfaces such as sidewalks and streets.
- Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly, or, at the very least, do not exceed recommended amounts. Avoid application when rain is expected as this could send chemicals into local bodies of water. Sweep up any excess fertilizer from streets and sidewalks.
- Select native plants that are drought tolerant and pest-resistant. Native plants will require less water, fertilizer, and pesticides.
- Sweep yard debris into the trash to avoid washing these materials down the storm drain.
- Compost or recycle yard waste whenever possible.
- Don’t overwater your lawn, since runoff water leads straight to the storm drain.
- Cover any large piles of dirt or mulch during landscape projects and don’t have them delivered into the street or on sidewalks.
- When walking your pet, remember to pick up their waste and dispose of it properly. Leaving pet waste on the ground increases public health risks. Pet waste can send harmful bacteria into the storm drain and eventually into our lakes, rivers, and streams.