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Aspen enacts mandatory water restrictions

ASPEN, Colo. — Extremely low water levels have forced the city of Aspen to declare a stage 2 water shortage for the first time in history.

The Aspen City Council approved the move Monday. Aspen Utilities Portfolio Manager Margaret Medellin said she anticipates stage 2 restrictions to remain in effect indefinitely.

Under the restrictions, Aspen water customers must not water lawns more than three days a week and no more than 30 minutes per sprinkler zone per day.

Restrictions also include no watering native areas more than two days a week and no watering lawns between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Violators will be issued a notice to correct the infraction.

If it’s not corrected, a first offense carries a $500 fine. Subsequent offenses could result in additional $500 fines or disconnection of water service.

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