Grand County Water and Sanitation District enforces water restriction
WINTER PARK — Grand County Water and Sanitation District No. 1 is hopping on the water-restriction bandwagon alongside the Winter Park Water and Sanitation District, which enacted similar restrictions on water usage due to the ongoing drought in the area.
The restrictions include only allowing single family homes under the Grand County Water and Sanitation District to water lawns on Sunday and Thursday and prohibiting washing sidewalks except for health and safety reasons, and not allowing the operation of fountains if water is sprayed into the air.
Winter Park Water and Sanitation customers with addresses ending in even numbers will be allowed to water on Sunday and Thursday, and customers with addresses ending in odd numbers will only be allowed to water on Saturday and Wednesday.
No lawn watering will be allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. for both districts.
District personnel from Grand County Water and Sanitation will be on patrol seven days a week to make sure people are following the water restriction and after a warning for the first offense, will be issuing $250 fines for the second violation, $500 fines for the third violation, and $1,000 fines for the fourth violation.
Denver Water declared a stage 2 drought on April 1, due to low storage reservoir levels for this time of year and has imposed similar mandatory watering restrictions on the Front Range.
“We are doing this to mirror what they are doing on the East Slope because if they are conserving water, we should as well,” said Bruce Hutchins, district manager for Grand County Water and Sanitation District No. 1. “It’s just good practice,” he said.
Reservoir levels remain low across the county and stream flows are low as well, according to Hutchins. “Until those reservoirs fill and spill, we are still in a drought,” he said.
Grand County Water and Sanitation District No. 1 serves the Town of Winter Park, including the downtown area while Winter Park Water and Sanitation District serves Old Town and Winter Park Resort.
Other water districts in the area, such as the SilverCreek Water and Sanitation District, have not issued restrictions but have sent out letters to their residents asking for cooperation to try and conserve water and offering recommendations for ways to help conserve.
Tips like not cutting grass too short and watering at night are among recommendations.
“We allow outside watering,” said Kirk Klancke District Manager for Silvercreek Water and Sanitation District and Winter Park Ranch Water and Sanitation District. “But there are minimal yards to water.”
Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334
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