Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Water restrictions unlikely in Colorado Springs

Posted By on Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 12:29 PM

click to enlarge Homestake Reservoir in Eagle County, as seen last fall, is one source of Springs Utilities water. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Homestake Reservoir in Eagle County, as seen last fall, is one source of Springs Utilities water.

Earlier this month, on March 19, we reported that Colorado Springs Utilities has the equivalent of three years worth of water stored in its reservoirs, a good thing considering how dry it's been.

That abundance has led Utilities to predict its customers are unlikely to be placed under mandatory water restrictions this summer.

While something of a relief for all you horticulturists out there, the prospect of unlimited sales could mean the biggest year ever in water sales for Utilities. Since 2013, the department has seen water revenues increase by nearly a third. Here's a chart showing how much revenue Utilities collected in each year from water sales:

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So feel free to flood your pansies, trees and lawns. But if you want to keep your water bill in check, look into low-water landscaping and methods to have a beautiful yard without guzzling water. Here's a schedule of free classes offered by Utilities. (Some meetings have already taken place.) For more information about each class, check out this link.
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