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Glenwood Springs city manager explains water restrictions, usage policy

Mike Copp, city manager
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs city manager explains water restrictions, usage policy

Dear Editor,

The city of Glenwood Springs would like to thank everyone who has been voluntarily conserving water over the past several weeks. Many citizens have been asking when and if the city will impose mandatory watering restrictions and what impact the water system upgrades over the last several years will have on the city’s water supply.

At this time the only mandatory restriction the city is imposing is limiting outside irrigation water usage to the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m., effective immediately. Many people may not be aware that daytime watering in these hot, dry and windy conditions often results in over half the water evaporating before it soaks into the soil.

While this is the only mandatory restriction being implemented at this time the following is a list of actions the city is taking to help us all in these dry times:

1. Contacting special interest groups with heavy water use to get their ideas and support.

2. Publishing suggestions for temporarily reducing water use. These are available at City Hall, the Community Center, the Post Office and the Library.

3. Asking customers to voluntarily reduce outdoor water use.

4. Discouraging changes in landscape or establishment of new landscape.

5. Requesting all government entities to reduce their own water use by 35 percent to demonstrate leadership in dealing with the drought. The city will be reducing watering of parks and public areas.

6. Encouraging customers to voluntarily limit or eliminate nonessential water uses.

7. Highlighting unusually high uses on customers’ bills.

8. Recommending water use /leak surveys for high volume water users in all customer classes, and advise them on ways to reduce water use and, where appropriate, recommend retrofit devices.

9. Stepping up the City’s ongoing leak detection and associated repair activities for water mains.

Over the past several years the citizens have authorized the city to spend five million dollars to improve the city’s raw water delivery system. These upgrades have provided significant water savings in the increased efficiency of our diversion and delivery system.

In addition, seven years ago we treated over 7 million gallons per day and today we are treating approximately 4.5 million gallons per day. This reduction in water use has been the result of numerous factors including system improvements, leak detection and repair, as well as changes in the building code mandating water conservation.

As a result, while the city has a senior right to divert virtually all of the water in Grizzly and No Name Creeks, we are able to help out junior and downstream users by diverting only what we need in this years’ drought.

The city currently could provide sufficient water for all potential uses within the city. However, just as our neighboring communities so generously assisted the city during the Coal Seam Fire, this is a way for us to give back by taking only what we need and leaving the rest to benefit other communities and users.

Again, the only mandatory restriction being imposed at this time is restricting outside irrigation water usage to between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. However, citizens should be prepared for more mandatory restrictions if current drought conditions persist.

Thank you to everyone who is helping to conserve.

Mike Copp, city manager

Glenwood Springs


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