Pueblo West Metropolitan District begins Stage 1 Voluntary Water Restrictions
Pueblo West Metropolitan District is now on Stage 1 Voluntary Water Restrictions, effective immediately. Due to below average snowpack this past year and in alignment with the rest of Colorado, we will now be asking residents to take voluntary actions to reduce water use. Residents and businesses can actively help protect our water supply.
The State of Colorado has been in severe drought conditions and 2020 concluded as the 12th warmest water year on record in Colorado since 1895. The State of Colorado has enacted a drought action plan with a task force created to help conserve water.
While we saw rainy weather in Pueblo the last few weeks, that does not impact our water storage that comes from the Western Slope. We’ve had below average snowpack creating a less than ideal situation for our Pueblo West water supply.
Stage 1 voluntary restrictions requests all water users to voluntarily conserve water to help reduce the total monthly water use by 10% of the previous year’s usage by adhering to the following water use restrictions listed below:
- Landscape watering for each landscaped area shall be limited to two (2) days per week and that such irrigation shall only occur after 7 p.m. and before 7a.m.
- Hydrant use shall be reduced except where health, safety and welfare of the public is necessary.
- Vehicle washing shall be reduced except where health, safety and welfare of the public is contingent upon frequent vehicle cleansing.
- Limit irrigation of flowers, shrubs, trees and ornamental gardens to a hand held garden hose, soaker hose, bucket, or drip irrigation system.
- Request that all water users conserve indoors and minimize or discontinue water use for all non-essential purposes.
Outdoor watering shall be defined as “watering with underground sprinkler systems or with stationary or movable sprinklers attached to a hose (not handheld) of grass lawns”. Hand watering, drip systems and soaker hoses are not included in the restricted activities. Residents may not be aware that to irrigate your lawn, you are using water that has been treated at the water treatment plant to drinking water standards.
We highly encourage our residents to utilize the Cycle & Soak watering method, which breaks up your total watering time into 2 or 3 short watering cycles, with at least 60 minutes in between to allow water to soak into the ground. Watering in the heat of the day is counterproductive to your landscaping needs and is wasteful of your time and a waste of water. We are not asking community members to stop watering their landscape, but only limit the days and times to be most beneficial and effective.
Pueblo West Metropolitan District is also doing it’s part to cut down on our water usage and how we are maintaining park areas. Our splash pad beginning Monday, June 21, will only be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-5pm. We also want to mention to residents that the Desert Hawk Golf Course is not using potable water. Their system, since established, has used non-potable water primarily from backwash at the water treatment plant.
Residents will also receive a letter to their home address with information on Voluntary Stage 1 Restrictions and tips to help reduce their water usage.
The District thanks you for your cooperation. For more information and additional water conservation tips, please visit our website at www.pueblowestmetro.com/water