Breckenridge cuts water use by 30 percent |

Breckenridge cuts water use by 30 percent

Jane Stebbins

BRECKENRIDGE – Breckenridge public works officials have managed to cut back on water use by 30 percent over the same period last year by managing its use in parks and the golf course and by asking restaurants to voluntarily conserve the precious commodity.

At this point, it is unlikely water restrictions will be put in place in town as they have been in numerous Front Range communities, said Breckenridge Town Manager Tim Gagen.

“We’re not seeing that,” he said. “Our reservoir is still in really good shape.”

Goose Pasture Tarn, from which the town obtains its municipal supply, is brimming – a huge contrast when compared to the low water levels in Dillon and Green Mountain reservoirs.

Golf course employees have managed to reduce the volume of water they’ve used by targeting specific locations that need it instead of broadcasting water over entire swaths of grass and by watering the greens in the early morning and evening hours when it is less likely to evaporate.

Play on the Kingdom Park field, which attracts thousands of soccer, lacrosse, rugby and other athletes each summer, also has been limited to protect the turf. Gagen said the fields were in “pretty bad shape” going into the season, and officials were debating whether to close it for repair this year.

Additionally, grounds workers taking care of flowers and plants in parks and along Main Street are watering less often.

“We’re not going to have the lush, lush stuff we usually do,” Gagen said. “But it’ll be presentable. So far, it’s working out.”

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