State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2011CO235B
Title: Aquifer Storage and Recovery Optimization
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2011
End Date: 2/29/2012
Congressional District: 4th
Focus Categories: Water Supply, Groundwater
Keywords: water storage, ASR
Principal Investigator: Waskom, Reagan M. (Colorado State University)
Federal Funds: $ 5,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 2,750
Abstract: Increasing demands for water and finite resources are driving a need for more efficient water storage systems. An emerging strategy is aquifer storage and recovery (ASR). With ASR seepage and evaporation loses can be minimized. Furthermore, peak capacities of key infrastructure elements such as surface water storage, water treatment plants, and pipelines can be reduced. Unfortunately, resolving necessary infrastructure, timing of aquifer storage and recovery is a complex process. Key factors governing infrastructure and operations include timing of water delivery, water quality, and timing of demands. The purpose of the study will be to develop an optimization model that can be used to:

Preliminary work has been completed in this effort with support from the Town of Castle Rock, Dr. Sale faculty startup funds, and a senior design project. Matching support for this project will be provided by the Town of Castle Rock.

Progress/Completion Report, 2011, PDF

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