From the Fort Collins Coloradoan:
East Larimer County Water District, which delivers water to Larimer County customers north and east of Fort Collins, is encouraging its users to voluntarily limit their water use through Northern Colorado’s ongoing drought. ELCO encourages customers to limit lawn and landscaping watering and to water before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. to reduce evaporation. According to a news release, ELCO expects sufficient water from Horsetooth Reservoir and the Poudre River to meet demands, but will monitor the water supply and any potential need for added usage restrictions.
From The Denver Post (Monte Whaley):
March snowstorms have done little to ease the drought now gripping Colorado, said State Climatologist Nolan Doesken. Doesken says the state’s drought statistics as of Monday are grim.
• 89 percent of the state is in severe or worse drought
• 48 percent of the state is in extreme or worse drought
• 21 percent of the state is listed as exceptional drought
Exceptional drought — D4 or dark red on the U.S. Drought Monitor maps — is the worst category of drought and delivers the worst economic punch, including crop failures and cattle sales, Doesken said…
About 3.13 percent of the western U.S. is experiencing D4 drought conditions, according to the drought monitor, up from 0.94 percent at the same time last year. As of March 12, the Eastern Plains of Colorado and eastern Wyoming accounted for the largest areas of the region reporting D4 conditions.