From The Pagosa Sun (Chris Mannara):
The Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) board held a public hearing on [May 1, 2018] evening to discuss the 2018 Drought Management Plan and to take public comment.
PAWSD District Manager Justin Ramsey began the presentation by briefly discuss- ing the precipitation levels for the district.
“We’re just a little bit more than 50 per- cent of what we usually get,” Ramsey said. In regard to snow-water equivalency,
Ramsey noted that, for 2018, “we’re out.”
Triggers and levels of plan
“The triggers are basically going to be a combination of the amount of water in the reservoirs plus the amount of water we have pulled in from the river,” Ramsey explained. “It’s going to be a ratio between that and what our expected water use for the year is going to be.”
PAWSD is going to base these triggers off of what the district used in 2017, Ramsey noted.
When 90 percent of that use is met, that is what will trigger level one of the drought management plan, Ramsey stated.
Level two is triggered by 70 percent use, 50 percent would trigger level three, 40 percent triggers level four and 30 percent use will trigger level five, Ramsey described.