Thursday February 6, 2014 0 comments
DENVER - Former Colorado Governor Bill Owens will be among a slate of speakers at the inaugural Colorado Water Summit in Denver set for March 3-4, organizers of the event announced.
Owens, who served from 1999-2007, will talk about opportunities arising from alternate sources of water for oil-and-gas companies in Colorado who are creating enormous demand for both water and water services.
At the same time, the oil-and-gas industry is producing water from drilling operations that in many cases can be treated and recycled for reuse, according to summit organizers.
Other possible sources of water include processed municipal wastewater and industrial water.
The Colorado Water Summit is being held as the state's water supplies are shrinking and demand from municipalities, agriculture, industrial, recreation and oil-and-gas drilling is growing rapidly.
The summit is hosted by Infocast, a California-based event producer, which is aiming to bring together all the stakeholders invested in the future of Colorado's water supplies.
The state has begun taking steps to address the problem by ordering the creation of the Colorado Water Plan, which is expected for release by December.
It's estimated the state will need to invest up to $7 billion from the private and public sectors to develop the infrastructure needed to meet future water demands.
For more information, to register or join as a summit sponsor, visit http://infocastinc.com/events/water-co14.