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From the City of Grand Junction via The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel:

The perhaps unprecedented mandatory outdoor water use restrictions, announced by the city of Grand Junction in August for all of the city’s domestic water customers, go into effect [Septmeber 1, 2018].

Starting today, Grand Junction residents can only water twice a week. Beginning in October, the restrictions are tightened to just once a week.

City officials have dubbed the water program 3-2-1 to help residents remember to scale back the weekly days of water usage as the year unfolds.

“Don’t forget to re-program your sprinkler timer,” the city advised in a reminder on Friday.

The restrictions on the city’s 9,700 domestic water customers apply only to outdoor watering. Indoor water use is not restricted. Residents can choose which days of the week to water outdoors.

Despite Grand Junction’s decision, other water providers including the Ute Water Conservancy District, the town of Palisade and the Clifton Water District have not followed suit. Officials with those agencies did express their support for Grand Junction’s decision, announced Aug. 21.

Low reservoir water levels, extreme drought and extended hot weather conditions, combined with less monsoonal wet weather usually seen this summer contributed to Grand Junction’s decision to call for mandatory water restrictions, city officials said at the time.

Grand Junction and other Grand Valley water providers called for voluntary water restrictions in early May.

Grand Junction officials cannot enforce mandatory water restrictions, but may intervene in “egregious” situations, officials said.

The city is hoping to avoid drought water pricing, which charges a premium for water use above certain levels.

Grand Junction, like other local water providers except the Clifton Water District, obtains its water from Grand Mesa. Grand Junction receives most of its water from Kannah Creek, which typically runs at 60 cubic feet per second. The creek now is running at just a fraction of that.

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