Ute Water is one of the largest domestic water providers on the western slope supplying almost 80,000 people. Reservoirs like Ute Water’s Jerry Creek are where many communities across western Colorado get their drinking water. Ute Water’s reservoirs are currently above 80% of average capacity… Which will last us through the summer. However if next year turns out to be as dry as 2002 on the western slope, there are drought plans in place. “The city of Grand Junction, Ute Water, the town of Palisade and Clifton Water. If one of the four water providers is running low, all four providers initiate the drought response plan,” said Joe Burtard of Ute Water.