From The Colorado Springs Independent (Pam Zubeck):
Colorado Springs Utilities says that despite the dry weather of late, its water storage system is at 80 percent capacity, which translates to three years worth of water.
That’s pretty amazing, considering the city doesn’t sit anywhere near a major river, but rather relies on snowpack on Pikes Peak and transmountain water sources.
Here’s a report from Water Resources Manager Abby Ortega, sent to the Independent in an email:
• In June 2015 our storage was at 95 percent of capacity and last year our storage peaked at 93 percent of capacity. It is fairly typical for storage to fluctuate between 15 and 20 percent.
• Our water system storage is above average capacity despite dry conditions locally.
We are always planning for the future to meet our customers’ demand.
We currently have three years of demand in storage.
We are monitoring streamflow, demand and storage to maximize the available water supply.
While an average or better snowpack is always ideal, our system will withstand the current projected drier conditions without any impact to our customers this year.
Our system-wide storage is currently at about 80 percent of capacity.
The Drought Monitor shows areas with dry conditions have continued to increase across Colorado; however, due to our thoughtful planning, we do not anticipate mandatory water restrictions this year.
This year the biggest threat to our water supply is wildland fire. Springs Utilities’ has a volunteer wildland fire team representing all four services, to protect utilities property (pipes, equipment, watershed/reservoirs, etc.).
Please use water wisely. (Officially, the Water Shortage Ordinance is set at Stage 1 Voluntary Restrictions).
March and April are the most critical months for winter watering as this is when new roots are forming in your landscape. Water a couple of times this month and next on days 40 degrees or warmer.