Thursday, February 18, 2010

Looking ahead: No water worries

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Although some portions of the Rockies are less snowy than normal, Pikes Peak received 187 percent of its normal precipitation from Feb. 1 to 15. That, coupled with higher-than-usual storage, makes for a sunny outlook for water supply, Colorado Springs Utilities water expert Kevin Lusk said Wednesday.

Lusk said usage so far this year is 20 percent lower than in February 2001 and 4 percent lower than in the same period last year, thanks to customers' conservation measures.

He said the Springs' storage of water stands at 76 percent capacity, compared to the 34-year average of 63 percent this time of year. Rampart Reservoir is at 90 percent capacity and Pikes Peak storage at 78 percent of capacity.

Weather experts are calling for dry conditions through the central mountains and the Front Range until April, with wetter than normal conditions in April and May, he said.

Lusk's water supply reports are given monthly to the Utility Board, comprised of Colorado Springs City Council.

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