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New year means new water restrictions in Colorado Springs

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Back in mid-December, the Colorado Springs City Council voted 7-2 to restrict watering lawns and gardens to only three times a week.

The new ordinance took effect Jan. 1 but affects the months of May to October, when you'll be required to follow certain rules while watering.

City Council President Richard Skorman said, “What we are trying to urge people to do is to water in the morning or water in the evening before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. at night, three days a week.”

By implementing this ordinance, Colorado Springs Utilities is hoping to better conserve water.

“We have to do it because of the nature of the water scarcity throughout the west. We aren’t saving as much per capita as other cities and we would like to get to that point."

But Skorman, who is also a member of the CSU Water Board, stresses that this is supposed to be educational.

“We are not going to be out there [being] water police, we just urge people to do the right thing," Skorman said. "And very, very few incidents where people are extremely ignoring this suggestion, we may reach out to them.”

However, there is an exception to the ordinance.

Skorman said, “If they have a new housing development or new landscape project they can apply for an up to $50 permit fee and be able to water many more times then that.”

Right now on average, more than 70 million gallons of water are used a day in Colorado Springs and Skorman says he would like to see that number come down if possible.

Colorado Springs / Local News / News

Kolby Crossley

Kolby is a reporter for Good Morning Colorado. Learn more about Kolby here.

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  1. I recall a few years ago when CS Utilities urged people to cut back on watering their lawns, washing cars, etc due to drought. The citizens of Colorado Springs complied and cut back on their water usage. As a result, CSU determined that income from billable water usage was down and therefor decided to raise water rates to make up for their financial shortfall.

    It’s a pretty safe bet you can expect history to repeat itself based on this new restriction.

    1. I was just going to bring that up. Then even if you are not in the City limits, you get the higher bills because the restrictions only apply to people who live in city limits.

    2. Wichita, KS had the same thing happen. Everybody was supposed to save water; usage went down; then prices went up to compensate for the loss of revenue.
      Brilliance.

  2. “Skorman said, “If they have a new housing development or new landscape project they can apply for an up to $50 permit fee and be able to water many more times then that.”

    So, you claim there isn’t enough water, but you are good with adding more housing developments? And your good with the extra watering, if they pay you? What???

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