Two sophomores at the Colorado School of Mines designed a system to allow an unclaimed artesian spring in Teller County to remain open, using a meter that allows water pumped into jugs and bottles to be measured. Southern Teller County residents had come to rely on the spring water but the state’s Water Division 2 stepped in and announced in December 2018 that they would cap the spring because its use wasn’t legal under Colorado water law. With the new device and an agreement with the state, residents will once again have access to the water.
It won’t be immediate, however. The installation of this new system is stalled as a result of COVID-19, the permit process, and the required $1 million in liability insurance needed with the special-use permit.
Read more in this report from The Colorado Sun.