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For Immediate Release  • March 21, 2013
Staff Contact: Wes Lowrie, Environmental Services, 303-651-8814

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Longmont City Council Updated on Drought and Water Supply

 

MARCH 21, 2013 - Colorado continues to experience unusually dry conditions and the City of Longmont is affected by these conditions. On Tuesday night, City Council was given an update on the status of the current drought and how it is impacting the City's water supply and facilities. While the City continues to project sufficient water supplies for potable water use for the current water year, drought conditions are beginning to have an impact on other areas.

City Council annually adopts a Water Supply and Drought Management Plan which guides City action during times of drought.  A copy of that plan can be found on the City's web site at:  http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/pwwu/water/index.htm.

This plan currently does not call for any mandatory watering restrictions, as the City's projected water supply for this year and next year exceeds 135% of the projected demand over this time period. The water supply projections are sufficiently close to the trigger point that the City has begun planning for the possibility of needing to implement a Level One drought response. 

In the instance of a level one drought declaration, citizens are asked to voluntarily conserve 10% of their normal water demand and the City implements a mandatory 10% savings for municipal use of water. A few of the actions the City is already undertaking follow.

In years when the City's water supply well exceeds its demands, the City leases surplus water to other area water users.  As part of the water supply evaluation, City Council concurred with the determination that Longmont would not have sufficient surplus water to continue the City's normal surplus water rental program to area agricultural producers in 2013. Council asked staff to continue to evaluate this program as the year progresses.

The City is currently at the Sustainable Conservation Level as identified in the Drought Management Plan and will continue to implement Best Management Practices to conserve our water resources. The City of Longmont thanks all citizens for your efforts to conserve water to date and ask you to continue to conserve water whenever possible.

The City of Longmont would like to remind water customers that March 18 – 24 is National Fix a Leak Week.  Please stop by the Customer Service Center at 1100 S. Sherman Street for a free toilet leak detection kit.

 

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