Thursday, May 26, 2016

Dillion Reservoir : Denver's Water

Completed in December 1963, Dillon Reservoir is the largest water storage facility in the Denver Water system holding over 40% of Denver's water. The entire town of Dillon, Colorado, and a hydroelectric plant were relocated to build the dam. The dam was built to divert water from the Blue River Basin through the Harold D. Roberts Tunnel under the Continental Divide into the South Platte River Basin. Dillon Dam is an earth-fill dam, 5,888 feet long by 231 feet above the Blue River stream bed. Dillon Reservoir's surface area of 3,233 acres and 26.8 miles of shoreline.