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Posted on: September 13, 2018

Drought Restrictions in Effect

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After an incredibly dry winter in 2017-18, the Town's water resources remain tight. The Board of Trustees enacted drought restrictions, which includes:

* No outdoor watering between 10 a.m.  - 6 p.m.

* Drought rates are in effect for all water usage over 10,000 gallons for residential use. 

Thank you! Town of Cedaredge water customers used 14.24 million gallons of water during the August 2018 billing cycle. This is 4.33 million gallons less than July 2018 and

7.05 million gallons less than August 2017! A big THANK YOU to everyone who has conserved their water consumption during the drought this year! Please, continue to conserve through the drought.

Current Water Reserves (8/24/18):

Start of season (April 1, 2018): 372.99 acre feet

Water used: 93.41 acre feet

Carryover goal (60% of start of season): 223.80 acre feet

Available water to meet goal: 55.78 acre feet

What about the revenue from Drought Rates?

During July and August 2018 when drought rates have been in effect, the Town of Cedaredge has collected an additional $30,377.15 over what was budgeted for

2018. It is the intent of the Board of Trustees to use the additional revenue on a project that will help mitigate the impacts of future droughts. A specific project has not

been identified yet but will be a discussion topic during the 2019 budget work sessions on September 13 and October 11. A drought mitigation project could be a multitude of things; including but not limited to: making the collection and/or distribution systems more efficient; buying additional senior water rights; repairing Town-owned reservoirs that are currently breached; etc. Budget work sessions are open to the public if you would like to listen to the discussion.

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