Glenwood Springs outdoor water use prohibited until Wednesday after mudslides impact city water supply |

Glenwood Springs outdoor water use prohibited until Wednesday after mudslides impact city water supply

A restriction on outdoor water use for Glenwood Springs city water customers has been extended until 6 p.m. Wednesday, after heavy weekend rains over both the Grizzly Creek and Lake Christine burn scars impacted city water sources.

Rainfall over the past several days has dumped heavy debris into both the Roaring Fork River and No Name Creek, according to a city advisory issued Saturday night.

No exterior water use, including lawn watering, washing cars and filling pools is allowed until the restrictions are lifted.

Initially, the restriction was to expire Monday morning, but the order was later extended until 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to an emergency alert issued Sunday afternoon.

Water remains safe for regular indoor use and consumption, the city release states.

“Right now, all of our water tanks in town are at a good level for indoor water use, but we expect the debris in our water supplies to remain rather heavy with all the recent rain,” Public Works Director Matt Langhorst said. “Forecasts indicate there is still more rain to come which likely means even more debris, so it is important that everyone take action now to turn off outdoor water systems, which use very high amounts of water, until the debris lessens.”

The city is working with large water users on the city water to turn off outdoor water systems. Water restriction violations can be reported to Glenwood Police at 970-384-6500.

The restrictions will be reviewed daily, according to the release.

Several mud and debris slides have greatly increased turbity, or cloudiness, in the city’s water supplies, Langhorst said.

That cloudiness is measured by what’s called nephelometric turbidity units (NTU).

“For a sense of how much debris we’re clearing, we currently have a turbidity reading of about 300-400 NTU coming from the Roaring Fork and approximately 4,000 NTU from No Name,” Langhorst explained. “A typical reading for our water sources is less than 6 NTU.”

Cloudiness in water is caused by large numbers of individual particles that are generally invisible to the naked eye, similar to smoke in air, he explained.

Turbidity measurement is a key test of water quality, Langhorst said.

Glenwood Springs emite mayores restricciones de uso de agua al aire libre del 31 de julio hasta el 2 de agosto

Se implementan restricciones de NO REGAR EL CÉSPED o de uso de agua en exteriores

La ciudad de Glenwood Springs ha emitido un aumento de las restricciones de uso del agua del 31 de julio de 2021 hasta las 8 a.m. del 2 de agosto de 2021 después de las fuertes lluvias sobre las marcas de los incendios de Grizzly Creek y el lago Christine y los fuertes escombros en el río Roaring Fork y No Name Creek. No se podrá utilizar el agua en el exterior, incluyendo el riego del césped, el lavado de coches y el llenado de piscinas. El agua sigue siendo segura para su uso y consumo en interiores.

En este momento, todos nuestros tanques de agua en la ciudad están en un buen nivel para el uso de agua en interiores, pero esperamos que los escombros en nuestros suministros de agua sigan siendo bastante pesados con toda la lluvia reciente”, dijo el Director de Obras Públicas Matt Langhorst. “Los pronósticos indican que todavía hay más lluvia por venir, lo que probablemente significa aún más escombros, por lo que es importante que todos tomen medidas ahora para apagar los sistemas de agua al aire libre, que utilizan cantidades muy altas de agua, hasta que los escombros disminuyan”.

La ciudad está trabajando con los grandes usuarios de agua de la ciudad para apagar los sistemas de agua al aire libre. Las violaciones a las restricciones de agua pueden reportarse a la policía de Glenwood al 970-384-6500. Estas restricciones se revisarán diariamente.

Flujos de escombros

Ha habido varios deslizamientos en los suministros de agua.

“Para tener una idea de la cantidad de escombros que estamos despejando, actualmente tenemos una lectura de turbidez de alrededor de 300-400 NTU procedentes del Roaring Fork y aproximadamente 4.000 NTU de No Name. Una lectura típica para nuestras fuentes de agua es de menos de 6 NTU”, dijo Langhorst.

NTU son las siglas de unidades nefelométricas de turbidez y es una medida de la nubosidad del agua. La turbidez es la nubosidad o la confusión de un fluido causada por un gran número de partículas individuales que suelen ser invisibles a simple vista, como el humo en el aire. La medición de la turbidez es una prueba clave de la calidad del agua.

Senior Reporter/Managing Editor John Stroud can be reached at 970-384-9160 or

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