Steamboat Springs water restrictions to remain in place till mid-month

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— Jay Gallagher, general manager of the Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District, said Friday that after a dry August, his agency would leave mandatory water restrictions in place until at least the middle of this month.

Gallagher said Fish Creek Reservoir, the city’s primary source of drinking water, is about 70 percent full and has arrived at that level about a month ahead of the typical schedule. The reservoir was about 90 percent full on July 24, four weeks into the water restrictions that were imposed in late June.

The restrictions, which also are in effect for City of Steamboat Springs water district customers, prohibit outdoor watering of landscaping between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and forbid all watering on Wednesdays. The watering schedule allows water customers with odd-numbered street addresses to water Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays; and even-numbered addresses may water Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Gallagher said as the calendar progresses into September, homeowners would naturally begin to stop irrigating their lawns.

He expects to know more about the effectiveness of the restrictions by the middle of the coming week after completing a study of data related to August water consumption.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com

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