DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Parts of Douglas County have a new water supply for the future thanks to a new reservoir.

The Rueter-Hess Reservoir is located southwest of Parker. It will hold 72,000 acre feet of water.

The Rueter-Hess is 50 percent larger than the Cherry Creek Reservoir. That’s enough to supply 180,000 homes with water for a year.

“Having a permanent water supply that will go into the future is extremely important to economic growth and development, not just for new homes but for businesses. In order for business to survive you need new homes,” said Parker Water & Sanitation District spokesman Frank Jaeger.

The Parker Water and Sanitation District hosted a completion ceremony at the top of the dam on Wednesday.

Along with Parker, the reservoir will serve customers in Castle Rock and two other parts of Douglas County.


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