Winter Park and Fraser area will have water restrictions soon |

Winter Park and Fraser area will have water restrictions soon

Sky-Hi News staff

Winter Park Ranch Water and Sanitation District will implement water use restrictions starting July 1 by limiting outdoor watering.

Minimizing lawn watering is the biggest step toward saving water, said Kirk Klanke, water district manager.

“Grass needs far less water than what people put on it,” he said. “This is the worst year I’ve seen to date. I really fear for what is going to happen to the river once we get in the warm months.”

Recommendation: Leave the grass 3 inches tall so that it doesn’t burn and need more water. Plus, it can provide shade, and can survive on less water.

Restriction: Watering will be allowed only on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 a.m.

Bruce Hutchins, manager of Grand County Water and Sanitation District 1, is asking for a voluntary reduction of water use in his district to outdoor watering just three days per week from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m..

“The more users cut back on water use the more water is left in the stream,” he said.

“Right now the streams are hurting. We are in a worse drought than 2002 since it’s been dry and windy. The only thing we have going for us is Denver honoring the cooperative agreement they won’t go into bypass flows.”

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