S’thorne asking for voluntary water restrictions | SummitDaily.com

S’thorne asking for voluntary water restrictions

Jane Reuter

SILVERTHORNE – In recognition of the ongoing drought in Colorado, Silverthorne is enacting voluntary outdoor water restrictions for all users on the town’s system.

Although the town’s wells and water rights are strong, the town wishes to do its part in conserving water because of the severity of the statewide drought.

Beginning immediately, the town is asking all water customers to reduce their outdoor water usage in accordance with an alternate-day watering plan. The town has been divided into two sections, one east of Highways 6 and 9, and the other west of the highways. Those properties east of the highways are asked to water only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Those west of the highways are asked to water only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

All customers are asked to not water on any day between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., when evaporative water loss is greatest. Hand-watering of flowers, trees and shrubs is allowed on any day but should not be done between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

All town irrigation systems are being set up according to this schedule.

Town officials believe a cooperative voluntary effort by the town and its customers can result in a 25 to 30 percent reduction in overall water use for the remainder of this year’s irrigation season.

Detailed instructions and tips on the voluntary restrictions will be sent to all Silverthorne water customers this week. Information is also available on the town Web site at


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