Dillon prepares mandatory water restriction ordinance | SummitDaily.com

Dillon prepares mandatory water restriction ordinance

Lu Snyder

DILLON – Dillon town officials are preparing for the worst.

Council members formalized penalties for a mandatory water restriction ordinance at their regular meeting Tuesday.

Originally, penalties would be resolved in court, according to the ordinance. But with the changes, penalties would be assessed to customer water bills. Water users will receive a written warning on their first offense, with penalties increasing to $500 by the fourth offense. The ordinance also allows the town’s public works department to shut off water on the fifth offense, with additional fines to be determined in court.

Though the town has not yet imposed mandatory water restrictions, the possibility remains they may have to this year.

“It’s too early to say,” said Dillon town treasurer Carri McDonnell, adding the town will have a better gauge of water consumption – specifically, whether the voluntary restrictions are an effective means of reducing consumption – after reading water meters at the end of June.

The town currently is on a voluntary water restriction program – with a goal of 20 percent total reduction, said interim town manager Eric Holgerson. And while there are no penalties for those who do not comply with the voluntary program, public works staff is monitoring cooperation.

Council members will make the decision to impose mandatory restrictions should the need arise, McDonnell said. They are expected to discuss water levels and use at the July 2 meeting, after June meter information has been collected.

“We did want to have the ordinance in place, in case the council makes the decision to go to mandatory restrictions,” McDonnell said.

What’s Next?

Mandatory water ordinance and penalties

– What: Second reading and public hearing

– When: Tuesday, July 2, at 5:30 p.m.

– Where: Dillon Town Hall

Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or lsnyder@summitdaily.com

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