New Castle, Rifle issue water restrictions
The communities of New Castle and Rifle have issued voluntary watering schedules in response to the continuing drought.
As of June 1, New Castle residents with even-numbered addresses are asked to water their lawns and gardens on even-numbered days, and residents with odd numbers on odd-numbered days.
The request was sent out with this month’s utility bills, said town manager Steve Rippy. The bills are mailed June 5.
“Creek flows are still fine, but we want to be prepared in the event we need to make them mandatory,” he said.
New Castle’s water is drawn from East Elk Creek. Although water levels in the creek are lower than normal, they are still adequate for town and rancher use, Rippy said.
Watering hours are also still in effect. Residents can water only between the hours of 6 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 10 p.m., Rippy said.
“There is no daytime irrigation,” he said.
Rifle’s voluntary water restrictions beginning Wednesday, June 12, and continuing until Sept. 15. Rifle normally imposes voluntary water restrictions on July 1 of each year.
The voluntary restrictions are also based on odd- and even-numbered addresses and dates.
Rifle decided to impose the restrictions early this year to reduce peak demands on the water system and hopefully reduce overall demands.
“The dry conditions we are experiencing this year serve to heighten our awareness of how important water is to all of us,” said city public works director Bill Sappington in a prepared statement. “Wise water use needs to be encouraged. We hope that this method of voluntary water restrictions will be effective and help to provide extra water to others not as fortunate.
“Rifle does have excellent water rights on the Colorado River, the city’s primary supply point. These water rights should enable the water department to pump and treat the city’s expected demands for this season. However, we will continue to monitor use and modify restrictions if conditions warrant.”
For more information about the watering restrictions, call New Castle Town Hall, 984-2311, or call Bill Sappington in Rifle at 625-6223.
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