Cottonwood’s water currently comes from deep and alluvial groundwater wells. The deep wells, however, are a non-renewing source of water and thus don’t benefit from snow and rainfall that replenish our streams and rivers. Once the deep well water is used, it is gone. So, as the demand for water in the South Metro Area continues to increase, the water in the deep wells is being depleted more rapidly. That’s why the District’s Board signed up for the WISE project, which will provide a renewable surface water supply to the community as early as 2016.