Chips Barry to retire as manager of Denver Water Department |

Chips Barry to retire as manager of Denver Water Department

DENVER (AP) – The manager of Denver Water is retiring after 19 years at the helm of the state’s largest municipal water supplier.

Chips Barry announced Monday he will step down this spring. The utility’s five-member board will choose a successor.

Denver Water has 1.3 million customers in Denver and surrounding suburbs. It collects and distributes 234,000 acre-feet of water a year, or about 76 billion gallons. That accounts for about a third of the treated water in Colorado and 2 percent of all water in the state.

During Barry’s tenure, Denver Water started a conservation program, built a recycled-water distribution system and invested millions of dollars in treatment facilities.

The 65-year-old Barry says he plans to spend more time on his farm in Hawaii.

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