Ditch closures may be a first for Carbondale
Ditch users in the older sections of Carbondale, take note.Starting Wednesday, Sept. 11, Carbondale will alternate water flows between the Carbondale Ditch in old town and the ditch that serves Hendrick Ranch, according to town manager John Hier.Public works director Larry Ballenger said as far as he knows, Carbondale has never before had to alternate its ditch flows in this way.The ditch flow schedule is as follows:-Old town will receive water in the Carbondale Ditch Wednesday, Sept. 11, through Saturday, Sept. 14. Hendrick Ranch will not receive ditch water these days.-Hendrick Ranch will receive irrigation ditch water Sunday, Sept. 15, through Tuesday, Sept. 17, then it will be shut off until the following week. Old Carbondale will not receive ditch water these days.”People in old town need to pay attention so their (irrigation) pumps don’t burn up,” Hier said.Hier said he expects to continue the alternating ditch schedule through the middle of October, when the entire ditch system will be shut down for the winter.Hier said the Weaver Ditch, which flows through Crystal Village, is not affected by the new schedule.The ditch closures are brought on by this year’s drought, which has severely decreased flows in the Crystal River, which feeds Carbondale’s irrigation ditch system.”Heavy irrigation users upstream are getting most of the water,” Hier said.Carbondale officials will meet with upstream users at 7 p.m. today at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School to discuss water issues.
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