From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):
“We aren’t getting a huge increase in customers, but there has been an increase. The total water use has remained flat since the drought in 2002,” said Terry Book, deputy executive director of the Pueblo Board of Water Works.
The water board pumped 9.03 billion gallons of water in 2010, nearly matching the 9.02 billion gallons used in 1980. Rainfall for Pueblo totaled 11.6 inches in 2010, compared with 11.59 inches in 1980. There were 39,470 customers at the end of 2010, compared with 33,182 in 1980. Besides the increase in numbers of customers — and the homes and lawns that come with them — there is a marked difference in the peak days. The highest daily use 30 years ago was 56.8 million gallons on July 8, 1980, while it was 52.3 million gallons on July 2, 2010. “Without the drought, we were headed for higher and higher peak days,” Book said. “We could see the trend in water use creeping up, so we needed more capacity.”[…]
Last summer, there were fewer 50 million-gallon days than in the past, and in three years out of the eight since 2002, there were no 50 million-gallon days at all. The information jibes with a study updated last year that shows Pueblo customers have voluntarily reduced use by 17 percent since the historic drought of 2002, when Pueblo received 3.94 inches of rainfall.
More Pueblo Board of Water Works coverage here.