Even on the Front Range, water use is maddening
A few thoughts regarding your July 1 editorial “Wasting water” and the comment about the “Front Range mentality being maddening” when it comes to water conservation. Being a Front Range water user, I agree totally with those comments and the rest of the editorial. Having lived on both sides of the Continental Divide, it is interesting to follow the issues and form an opinion.I have a feeling that Denver Water got a lot of pressure to ease up on outdoor watering restrictions from residents who own older homes, of which there are plenty, who do not have the luxury of automated sprinkler systems. My Dillon home did not have sprinklers and dragging the hose around the yard and trying to follow water restrictions was a real chore, even with a three-day a week watering schedule.With a two-day schedule, it probably would have died. Perhaps Denver should provide financial incentives to homeowners who put in sprinkler systems.We are on Aurora water now, and the two-day schedule doesn’t leave the lawn looking all that great, but it’s still alive. But there are people in the development who quite obviously are ignoring the restrictions as they have beautifully manicured and lush green lawns.My landscaper said that Aurora could have a field day out here if they put a little effort into it. But I might also mention that several of our homeowners have spent thousands of dollars to tear out sod and replace it with rock, mulch, xeriscaping and drip systems. My hat is off to them.When we moved into our house, we were required by Aurora to have a percentage of grass on our lot, which I understand has since been relaxed, and only put in 200 square feet of sod in the front and 400 in the back. The rest of the lot is xeriscaping and drip systems. The city has us on a budget and for May, we used 6,000 gallons of water on a budget of 11,000. It would be interesting to see how many people have stayed within their budget. The issue of new building taps is an interesting one. Being in southwest Aurora, we are seeing tremendous building since the E-470 corridor has provided the city with additional land on which to expand. I had an opportunity to talk to Mayor Paul Tauer when he was in office and he told me that the city encouraged new residential developments because “new roof tops bring new retail, which brings new taxes to the city.”This is true since we have seen several supermarkets go in nearby and the new Southland Mall is under construction just two miles from our house. A Super Target is going in at the entrance to our development (don’t think that didn’t create a controversy!). But when is enough, enough? It has to stop sometime or there won’t be any water anywhere for us to even take a bath! Yuk!Roger Pelotformer mayor of DillonAurora
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