Frisco imposes mandatory water restrictions
Frisco Mandatory Water restrictions
– Effective Monday, Aug. 25
– No Watering between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
– Call the Frisco Water hotline at (970) 668-3579, with any questions, concerns or reports of watering violators.
Other tips to conserve
– Wash vehicles at commercial car washes that recycle their water
– Take shorter showers and turn off water while scrubbing
– Only wash dishes and laundry in full loads
– Turn off water while brushing teeth
– Mulch gardens
– Plant native and drought tolerant plants
FRISCO – Frisco Town Council agreed unanimously Tuesday to impose mandatory water restrictions for the town’s residents and businesses.
While most municipalities in Summit County have requested their citizens conserve water via voluntary water restrictions, Frisco is only the second town to move those restrictions to mandatory.
The town of Dillon, which depends on flows in Straight Creek for its water (and shares that source with the Dillon Valley subdivision) imposed mandatory restrictions last month.
Frisco interim town manager Tim Mack stressed the town isn’t facing imminent water shortages. Frisco’s water comes from both surface water in Ten Mile Creek and wells, which are fed by aquifers. Neither source type has shown indications for concern, he said.
Rather, the mandatory water restrictions are an effort to be proactive during the state’s severe drought, Mack said. The Public Works Department has reduced its watering from every day to alternate days, reducing its production by 50 percent, he added.
Frisco has requested voluntary water restrictions of its businesses and residents since early summer. Town officials agreed most have cooperated with their guidelines, which ask people not to water between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Still, some continue to water their lawns during the heat of the day.
The mandatory water restrictions is a means for “additional water awareness for residents (and businesses),” Mack said. The goal is to reduce water consumption by 15 to 20 percent over the same time last year.
The Frisco police will enforce the new regulations, which are effective Monday, Aug. 26.
First-time offenders of the new restrictions will receive a written citation, said Frisco community relations director Linda Lichtendahl. There is a minimum penalty of $100 for one’s second offense, $200 for the third and $500 for any subsequent offense.
Unlike Dillon, Frisco town officials chose not to impose an alternate day watering schedule. The mandatory regulations merely enforce the voluntary restrictions, which restrict watering of lawns to the evening or early morning hours, between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. But town officials urge those in Frisco to water their lawns less frequently then every day.
“Lawns only need watering every five to seven days in the summer,” said Frisco Water Department Foreman Dave Koop.
The restrictions do not apply to watering potted flowers and vegetable gardens, Lichtendahl said.
The town was criticized earlier this summer, for what some called frivolous use of water during a worsening drought, when they used water to sweep medians on Summit Boulevard. At the time, Frisco officials said the town did not foresee any water problems this summer, but asked residents to be conservative with water use.
Lichtendahl said the new measures are the town’s way of “being proactive and being sensitive and sympathetic to the drought conditions all around us.”
“We want to do what we reasonably can to help the people downstream from us,” said Frisco Mayor Bob Moscatelli.
Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or email@example.com
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