Re-1 watering schedule demystified |

Re-1 watering schedule demystified

Dear Editor,

This letter is in response to inquiries from the Glenwood Springs community as to violations by the Roaring Fork School District of the mandatory watering restrictions put in place by the City of Glenwood Springs. If I read and understand these restrictions (Post Independent July 9) correctly, they ban the use of water supplied by the city of Glenwood Springs between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. The RFSD supports and is in full compliance with these mandatory restrictions.

The RFSD facilities throughout the valley utilize both city/town supplied water and/or untreated ditch or river water in their irrigation systems.

The Glenwood Springs Middle School utilizes untreated water from the Reynolds and Cain Irrigation Ditch for its irrigation system. The users of this ditch have no use restrictions at the present time, but this will probably change as the drought continues.

The Sopris Elementary School normally utilizes untreated water from the Roaring Fork River. But just recently, due the extreme low levels in the river, we have been forced to switch over and utilize city water. We water between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m., which is in compliance with the set restrictions.

Glenwood Springs High School and Glenwood Springs Elementary School utilize city water in their irrigation systems. Both facilities water between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., which is in compliance with the set restrictions.

Since we do experience a lot of vandalism with our irrigation systems, we are forced to inspect and test them during daylight hours. The systems would only be run for 1-2 minutes to identify problem areas to be repaired, and then run again to check the repairs. Local power outages could also cause a time clock to become corrupt, causing watering to be off schedule. These problems should by identified and corrected by scheduled maintenance.

The RFSD encourages the community to call and inform us of any breaks or damage to any irrigation systems at any of our facilities. You can leave a message 24 hours a day at our facility maintenance office at 384-5990.

Thank you and have a great day!

Mark Fitzgerald

Director of Facilities

Roaring Fork School District / Re-1

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