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Water restrictions now in effect, or soon will be

Donna Daniels

The statewide drought has prompted most local towns to impose lawn-watering restrictions, some earlier than usual.

Silt always has watering restrictions in place but will strictly enforce them this year, said police chief Paul Taylor.

“We’ve given consideration to people with new lawns and gardens, but not this year due to the drought conditions,” he said.

Silt follows the even-odd formula of watering. Homes with addresses ending in even numbers can water on even-numbered days. The same goes for odd addresses and odd-numbered days.

In addition, no watering is allowed at any address between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. every day. All hoses used for watering must have a sprinkler attached, Taylor said.

Monday, May 13, the Silt Town Board will consider stretching the midday watering ban by prohibiting it between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily.

“It’s entirely up to the board,” Taylor said.

He knows people will object to the tougher restrictions.

“It’s going to be hard on people. It will take them a while to get used to it. We’re going to get flak from the gardeners. But you don’t need to water your garden or your lawn every day,” he said.

Parachute also has watering restrictions in place using the even-odd formula. In addition, there is no watering on the 31st of the month.

New Castle allows watering between 6 and 10 a.m. and 6 and 10 p.m., said deputy town clerk Sandy Sanchez.

But more restrictions could come to New Castle if the drought continues.

“That will depend on the water levels and how people conserve water,” Sanchez said.

Although Carbondale does not have watering restrictions now, it plans to impose them next week, said public works director Larry Ballenger.

Carbondale’s primary water source is hurting, he said.

“The flows in Nettle Creek are very low,” he said.

Normally at this time of year, all the creeks are running high. But not this year. While Nettle Creek usually puts out between 5 and 8 cubic feet per second in a normal runoff year, now it is flowing at only 1.25 cfs, he said.

Ballenger hiked up to the source of Nettle Creek on the flank of Mount Sopris this week and found a grim situation.

“I could see no surface water. There’s so little snowpack that it’s going right into the ground,” he said.

But Carbondale also has plenty of water for domestic use. If Nettle Creek gives out, the town can call on its wells on the Roaring Fork and Crystal rivers, Ballenger said.

At first, Carbondale residents will be asked to voluntarily abide by a three-day watering cycle, watering one day, waiting two days, then watering again on the third day, Ballenger said.

Glenwood Springs and Rifle have no watering restrictions in place at this time.


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