A state study says growing Colorado cities will have trouble finding enough water over the next 30 years.
The study suggests compromises and collaboration to ease conflicts between urban and agricultural water users.
The two-point-eight (m) million dollar Statewide Water Supply Initiative will be presented to the Legislature next month.
It projects that Colorado will need 202 (m) million more gallons of water a year by 2030 as the population grows -- amid competing demands for water for the environment and recreation.
Although projects are in the works to provide more water, some cities might have to seek water rights from farmers. The study says that could cost Colorado 16 percent of its irrigated farmland by 2030.