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Due to Grizzly Creek Fire Impacts, Glenwood Springs Needs Your Help Conserving Water.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO – In the face of a significant fire event that has affected the City’s primary water sources, and will continue to do so into the future, residents are advised that the City has limited access to water out of its No Name water source and no access to our Grizzly Creek water source. This means the City is relying solely on the Roaring Fork pump station as the City’s sole source of water for domestic and firefighting purposes.
The City of Glenwood Springs implemented new odd/even outdoor watering restrictions based on residential address as of Saturday August 15, 2020 in an effort to provide limited outside irrigation while ensuring sufficient water for in house use and firefighting purposes. Unfortunately, City wide water usage under restrictions immediately returned to typical unrestricted levels forcing the City to re-evaluate the need to implement no outside irrigation restrictions.
If the City does not see a more significant compliance and a reduction in water use with the current watering restrictions between Tuesday August 18 through Friday August 21, the City will return to a “NO LAWN WATERING” restriction for the foreseeable future and will be left with no choice but to prosecute violations. Public safety is the City’s first responsibility and any and all actions necessary to ensure that must be taken.
Due to the impacts from the Grizzly Creek Fire water, usage within the City will most likely be restricted for the foreseeable future, into 2021 and potentially beyond. Until the fire damage within the No Name and Grizzly Creek basins can be assessed and mitigation efforts implemented there is no way to determine what water source and how much water will be available to the City. And these mitigation efforts will not be free of charge, they will come with a financial cost.
The City is urging all residents to take these restrictions seriously and abide by the restrictions. Odd numbered home addresses can water on odd days of the month. Even numbered home addresses can water on even days of the month.
Household water consumption should also be limited, in addition to limiting irrigation. Please take shorter showers, do not fill pools, set dish washers set on the water saving mode, employ less frequent washing machine loads, minimize car washing, etc.
Excess water usage can drop the water storage levels in a water tank, which means less water at that moment for firefighting use.
How you can help conserve water: