Breckenridge douses water restrictions
Ryan Summerlin October 23, 2012
BRECKENRIDGE – With levels in the Blue River returning to seasonal norms after a dry summer, the town of Breckenridge canceled water restrictions Tuesday implemented in July.
With the summer season over, and the drought conditions that plagued Colorado after last year’s dry winter less of a concern, the Breckenridge Town Council voted unanimously to remove the restrictions.
“So I can wash my car in my driveway now,” Breckenridge Mayor John Warner said.
The restrictions, in place for the last three months, limited residents to watering three days a week, three hours a day and prohibited restaurants in town from serving water to customers unless it was specifically requested.
A decade-old law, adopted during Colorado’s last major drought in 2002, allows Breckenridge officials to authorize water restrictions when the Blue River’s inflows to Goose Pasture Tarn, the town’s water storage facility, are expected to drop below 20 cubic feet per second (cfs).
The river’s flow dropped to about that level in July, a significant decrease from the year before.
The Blue River peaked at more than 400 cfs in the summer of 2011, following heavy precipitation and an above-average snow year, town staffers said.