Drought news: Water Restrictions in Telluride, North Metro Denver #CODrought

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From The Telluride Daily Planet (Collin McRann):

Telluride’s restrictions were put in place last week by town council to conserve the town’s dwindling water supply. Though restrictions are at the lowest level [phase one], several mandatory items are in effect.

“We divert directly from two tributaries this time of year and both tributaries are showing rapid decline in volume of water,” Town Manager Greg Clifton said. “So we have very genuine concerns about the ability to meet the demand of water for the entire town.”

According to a June 12 Telluride administrative order, using treated city water is prohibited for washing exterior hard surfaces, power washing structures, filling pools or landscape features, installing new landscaping as well as commercial and non-commercial car washing unless done with a bucket.

Watering landscaping such as trees and other features is limited to 30 minutes a day between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. on specific days for odd or even addresses in town. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays residences and businesses with odd numbered addresses can water. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays residences and businesses with even numbered addresses can water. On Sundays everyone can water, and water used to grow plants for sale is not restricted.

From The Denver Post — YourHub (Joey Kirchmer):

The cities of Federal Heights, Northglenn, Thornton and Westminster, in addition to the South Adams County Water & Sanitation District, are teaming up in an effort to ask residents to use water more efficiently this summer. Broomfield and Arvada are also part of the conservation campaign, which comes largely in response to low snowpack levels this year.

The reservoirs that Thornton draws water from are currently standing at about 70 percent of capacity, which is pretty typical for this time of year, said Emily Hunt, water resources manager for the city of Thornton. “But the snowpack from the mountains is already melted out,” Hunt said. “Normally, we would be seeing that capacity going up right now, but not this year. Usually we’re close to 100 percent full at the end of the spring runoff.”

Water usage among residents is also ticking up this year due to the hot weather. Summer temperatures began kicking in around April, which has led to a 10-percent spike in customer usage over last year, Hunt said. “We’re trying to get customers to cut back 10 percent this year,” she said. “The goal is to get back to the levels from last year.”

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