GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) – Water conservation is a hot topic right now as we face this drought here in western Colorado. As water is rapidly disappearing in the west, what should we as a community be doing to help conserve water?
Currently, we are subject to voluntary water restrictions, which means water companies have advised residents to reduce their water consumption to avoid entering into mandatory restrictions. However, we could enter mandatory restrictions as early as next month if certain guidelines are not followed.
“We are currently experiencing an exceptional drought in the Grand Valley, so our focus is on voluntary water restrictions,” said Randi Kim, director of utilities for the city of Grand Junction. âSo we did a lot of education, just on the importance of water management and good water practices. “
Currently, the city of Grand Junction has one year of emergency water supply from reservoirs in the Grand Mesa. But if they can’t get their customers to voluntarily conserve water, they may have to enact mandatory restrictions as early as next month.
“We are currently working in cooperation with the other utilities in the valley, Ute Water District and Clifton water district, really trying to promote these voluntary watering restrictions,” Kim said. “Keep as much water as possible so you don’t have to enter any obligation. But we are considering that if we don’t involve everyone. “
Mandatory water restrictions will mean the same practices, except the city will monitor who follows and does not follow guidelines. Thus, they can contact customers who are not and enforce them. The aim is for the city to be able to preserve the water supply to be used for basic essentials such as drinking, bathing or for use in hospitals. But if everyone does their part to better manage their water consumption, we will not have to enter into these mandatory restrictions.
Here are some great tips for practicing city water. When you water your lawn, follow program 3,2,1. This means that during the summer months, water your lawn 3 times a week. In autumn and spring, twice a week. And in winter, once a week. The best time to water is after 6 p.m. or before 10 a.m. to prevent the water from evaporating. Also, when possible, wash your car at car wash stations rather than at your home, as car wash stations use recycled water. Finally, when running your washer, try to wait until you have a full load before running it.
âEach of the water utilities has different trigger levels and one of the trigger levels for the city’s water supply is the flow in our Kannah Creek watershed,â Kim said. âCurrently we are getting our full flow that we can divert into our water supply system. But if these levels start to drop below our full flow and we are unable to capture and divert all of that water, it may be a trigger for us to switch to mandatory water restrictions. And then we look at our request.
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