Breckenridge imposes voluntary water restrictions
BRECKENRIDGE – Breckenridge water officials are asking Upper Blue Valley citizens who use town water to voluntarily limit their outside watering to the hours of 6-9 p.m.
Those with even addresses can water on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday; those with odd addresses can water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. New lawns and landscaping are exempt from the restrictions.
In addition to in-town residents, those at Summit High School and in the Peak 7, Silver Shekel, Warrior’s Mark, French Creek, Farmer’s Grove, Woodmoor and Tyrollean Terrace neighborhoods, which are served by the town, are also asked to conserve water.
“We’re just throwing it out as a request to do it voluntarily,” said Gary Roberts, town water supervisor. “We kept it simple. Lawn watering is the biggest hit in the summer. We’re doing it to make sure we don’t have to go into storage before the irrigation season ends, usually in mid-October.”
Water customers will be notified of the request and be given a list of water conservation measures in upcoming bills, he said.
Roberts said in light of decreasing stream flows, it is likely the town will be forced to dip into storage in the Goose Pasture Tarn this winter. In years of normal water flow, town water is secured from water that overflows from the tarn.
Shortly after the rains Summit County received earlier this month, Breckenridge was taking about 20 percent of that water; this past weekend, it ranged from 35 to 40 percent, Robertson said.
“Anyone can tell streamflows are going to be low this winter,” he said. “I fully anticipate some of our needs will have to come from storage this winter.”
The town also will conduct a “leak survey” beginning Sept. 9. The two-week process will examine the entire water system for leaks. The program is usually conducted every seven years, but has been moved up in light of the drought. The last time a survey was conducted was three years ago.
“That’s one of the biggest things we can do to save water,” Robertson said. “A leak runs all the time.”
Water conservation brochures are available at the Breckenridge Town Hall. For more information, contact Gary Roberts at (970) 453-3173.
Jane Stebbins can be reached at 970-668-3998, ext. 228, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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