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The water providers in the Steamboat Springs area – the City of Steamboat Springs, the Mt. Werner Water District, the Steamboat II Metro District, and the Tree Haus Metro District – announced today that they are lifting the mandatory water restrictions enacted April 14, 2015.
Fish Creek Reservoir is currently at 80% capacity, which is a level that is consistent for this time of year. The reservoir storage curve typically begins to flatten at this time of year as the discharge rate is reduced.
Summer water usage data indicates that, under Mandatory Stage 2 Water Restrictions, the Steamboat community continued to reduce its daily water use through the summer months. This is significant as stream flows in the Yampa and Fish Creek dropped lower this summer than they did last summer. “We want to thank residents and businesses for their compliance, which allowed us to reduce water consumption by 15%”, said Jon Snyder, Water Distribution Manager for the City of Steamboat Springs. “That represents over 200 acre-feet of water.”
The results indicate that the community is up to the challenge of meeting the long-term goal of the Water Conservation Plan adopted in 2011 to reduce per capita water usage 5% by 2015, 10% by 2025, and 15% by 2035. “Encouraging irrigation and landscaping efficiencies is one of the means by which we can achieve these reduction targets”, said Frank Alfone, General Manager of the Mt. Werner Water District. “With the lifting of Stage 2 Water Restrictions, we are asking residents to continue to consider how they are using water both inside as well as outside their homes.”
Rebates for water-efficient replacement toilets, dishwashers, and clothes washers are still available for Mt. Werner Water customers by calling the Mt. Werner Water office 879-2424 or for City customers by calling City Hall at 879-2060.