District News Articles

  2. If you’ve been following Denver Water’s weekly Water Watch Reports, you’ve seen their snowpack and precipitation graphs jump upward after the April and May snowfall. This is great news for our water supply, which had been abysmal since July 2011. 
    Even with the precipitation we have received over the last two months, the watersheds that supply the District’s water still ended up below the average peak at 91 percent in the Colorado River watershed and 92 percent in the South Platte River watershed. Because of this, Denver Water has stressed the importance of May and June weather as it will impact how much mountain snow will make its way into the reservoirs that supply the District’s water. The wetter the better!
    So what’s new? At its meeting on May 29th, the Denver Board of Water Commissioners voted to delay drought pricing by one month. Why? Depending on how much water makes its way to its reservoirs, Denver Water may be in a position to change their drought response from Stage 2 to Stage 1, which would remove drought pricing entirely. But, they won’t make that decision until they have a better sense of their reservoir situation and summer conditions after snow runoff is over in late June or early July.
    The temporary drought pricing was scheduled to appear on water bills beginning in June to encourage customers to use even less water and help reduce revenue loss to maintain Denver Water’s treatment and distribution system. Denver Water has seen customers use even less water, thanks to their savvy water-saving habits and letting Mother Nature take care of watering this spring. And, they believe that by delaying the pricing, the benefit to customers outweighs the revenue they may lose in June. The last thing Denver Water wants to do is put drought pricing in place, just to remove it if they change direction.
    While it’s too soon to move to Stage 1 drought restrictions, Denver Water will continue to closely monitor conditions and remain flexible in their response.
    Please take note: even though drought pricing has been delayed a month, Stage 2 drought watering restrictions and scheduling are still in place. To see what current watering rules are in place, please visit Denver Water’s 2013 drought page here.