Today's rapid growth is increasing demand on our community in many ways, including our finite water supply. In 1985, PWSD projected a water shortfall and began implementing several solutions, including higher technology metering, xeriscape education and creating opportunities for the reuse of wastewater. These solutions have had a positive impact, but cannot solve the water shortage by themselves.
The physical construction of Rueter-Hess Reservoir is complete. The storage vessel that will eventually hold 75,000 acre feet was completed in March 2012. The dam rises 185 feet above the bedrock and the reservoir encompasses 1170 acres, which is about one and half times the size of Cherry Creek Reservoir.
The reservoir is located approximately three miles southwest of downtown Parker on Newlin Gulch, which is a tributary drainage of Cherry Creek.
The primary purpose of the Rueter-Hess Reservoir is for the storage of drinking water serving the Partner Districts. However, recreational programs and events started taking place in 2017!
Rueter-Hess Reservoir helps serve the District's current water demands, and is a key element in solving long-term water needs for the community.