Drought news: Hot weather == increased water use, North Metro water suppliers ask residents to conserve #CODrought

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Here’s a release from the water suppliers:

The cities of Arvada, Federal Heights, Northglenn, Thornton and Westminster, as well as South Adams County Water and Sanitation, and the City and County of Broomfield are joining together to ask residents to use water more efficiently this summer.

Most water suppliers in the North Metro area depend on mountain snowpack for a majority of their water. Below-average snowfall has meant less water for 2012 and possibly 2013. Plus, a warmer spring has jump-started the lawn-watering season, prompting higher water use.

Here are some recommended ways to reduce water use, save some money and protect future water supplies:

· Water lawns no more than two times per week under normal conditions. Add a third day in extreme heat. Spreading out watering days helps lawns grow deeper, drought-tolerant roots.
· If it rains, water less. Watch the weather and adjust watering days and times accordingly.
· Do not water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Watering during the day results in less water reaching your lawn due to evaporation and afternoon winds.
· Check your irrigation system at least once a month for leaks and other problems.
· When you water at night, it can be difficult to see problems. Running each zone for a few minutes during the day once monthly will reveal needed repairs.
· Raise your lawn mower blade. Protect your lawn’s roots from heat by letting grass grow a little longer.
· Limit other outdoor water uses. Sweep driveways and sidewalks with a broom. Always use a nozzle on your hose when watering landscape or washing your car.
· Check your home and repair water leaks. Place a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank and wait 10 minutes. If the water in the bowl turns color you have a leak. Replacing the flapper or other easy adjustments will generally solve the problem at little or no cost. Don’t forget to check showers and sinks for leaks as well.
· Know your water use. Check your water bill regularly to track use. Contact your water supplier for ways to identify and solve higher than normal water use issues.

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

On Monday, nearly 54 million gallons of water were used in Pueblo, the highest single day of consumption so far this year, said Terry Book, executive director of the Pueblo Board of Water Works…So far in 2012, there have been 5 days when more than 50 million gallons have been used. Even on some 100-degree days, that threshold was not reached.

From email from Reclamation (Kara Lamb):

Record breaking heat continues to drive some water demands on the Colorado-Big Thompson Project. Water is moving from Pinewood Reservoir to points downstream: primarily water deliveries, hydro-power generation at Flatiron Powerplant, and pumping up to Carter Lake.

Residents around and visitors to Pinewood have likely noticed a steady draw down over the last few days, including today and continuing through Friday. By Friday, June 29, we anticipate Pinewood will reach a water level elevation of about 6560 feet above sea level. That is about 54% full. It is anticipated that by Friday evening, or early Saturday morning, water levels at Pinewood will start to rise again.

Pinewood has been basically full for most of the month of June.

We are continuing to pump water up to Carter Lake reservoir.

From TheDenverChannel.com:

Calls for residents to voluntarily reduce their water usage during this year’s drought and mandatory restrictions in some parts of Mesa County have failed to get results…

According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, some customers are now using three times as much water than when the pleas were issued.

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