Conservation: Pueblo water use is still well below levels prior to the 2002 drought

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

In the past, water usage for Pueblo routinely spiked above 50 million gallons per day without rain when temperatures approached the 100-degree mark. So far this year, that’s only happened twice — last Thursday and Saturday. Since the historic drought of 2002, Pueblo has not come close to its historic peak day of 63 million gallons. “What we’re tracking is close to 2006,” said Seth Clayton, finance division manager for the Pueblo Board of Water Works…

“There has been a drop of 16-17 percent since the drought and that doesn’t appear to be changing, even with as dry as it’s been,” Clayton said. The drop is partly because of a change in watering practices and increased use of Xeriscape techniques, particularly in newer homes, Clayton said. The increased use of water should help the water board meet its projected revenues of $20.5 million, about two-thirds of annual water revenue for the board. The estimate was based on 8 billion gallons of use, a drop from 2010. Right now, Pueblo is on track to use 8.5 billion gallons, but that could change with more rain.

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