Denver Water worried about water levels

Posted on: 8:20 pm, November 30, 2012, by , updated on: 10:29pm, November 30, 2012

DENVER –  It’s been three weeks since Denver last had any measurable precipitation.

This fall has been unusually warm and dry in the Mile High City and up and down the Front Range and not many people are complaining.

“It’s enjoyable,” said Matt Burde of Golden. “It’s very warm. It seems a bit unseasonable.”

The unusual weather has many Colorado water managers concerned. According to the latest survey, the state snow pack now measures 41 percent of average. That’s not only affecting Colorado skiers and ski resorts, it could mean water restrictions if the trend continues.

“It’s been a really dry spring and fall and so we are concerned about the conditions,” said Stacy Chesney, Denver Water spokesperson. “We’re hopeful that we get snow this winter but if it remains really dry we may have to do additional water restrictions this coming spring and summer.”

Denver Water relies on reservoirs for a good deal of its water supply. Currently, reservoir levels are 15 percent below normal.

The utility declared a Stage One drought this past spring and asked its customers to conserve water. Chesney said a Stage Two drought could bring strict limits on what kind of outdoor watering is allowed.

“We are a water system that’s fed by the snow that falls in the mountains so we’ve got a great pristine water system but we are very reliant on that snow pack,” Chesney said.