Summit Cove under mandatory restrictions |

Summit Cove under mandatory restrictions

Jane Reuter

SUMMIT COVE – The East Dillon Water District, which covers the Summit Cove area, has enacted mandatory water restrictions.

Penalties for violating the requirements are stiff, starting with a warning and escalating to fines as high as $1,000 and discontinuation of water service.

“Eighty-five percent of the users in the water district have voluntarily complied and reduced their outside water usage,” said Bob Polich, district administrator. “Our water restrictions are really directed to the minority 15 percent.

“We feel the situation is serious enough. Our aquifer (level) peaked in the end of April, and its peak was 50 percent of its historic average. Our current aquiver level is comparable to what we see in late fall and early December. We felt any water that could be saved at this time would benefit our aquifer.”

Beginning July 15, outside watering is limited to two days a week, from sunset to 8 a.m. Even-numbered addresses can water on Wednesdays and Sundays, odd-numbered addresses on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Those restrictions will remain in effect until a substantial winter snowpack recharges the aquifer, according to the district newsletter.

Rain will have “little or no effect on the aquifer,” the newsletter reads. “Only a substantial snow year (with runoff) that slowly filters into the ground in surrounding collection areas will aid in returning the aquifer to normal levels,” it continues.

The district serves about 1,400 residential units in neighborhoods including Summit Cove, Summerwood, KeyWest Farms, Snowberry, Soda Creek, Whispering Pines and Swan Meadow Village.

Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at

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