May 11, 2011 5:34 PM by Bill Folsom
The weather pattern this year is sending mixed messages when it comes to our water supply. In the mountains there is plenty of snow-pack to fill reservoirs, but on the front-range is has been one of the driest winters in decades.
With the dry winter water use is already high this year. This spring it is higher than at the peak of the drought back in 2001.
"Regardless of what's going on in the mountains, even though we may have a good supply up there doesn't mean we should let the faucets flow down in the city," says Patrice Quintero with Colorado Springs Utilities. Conservation is always necessary because Colorado Springs is classified as a semiarid desert. ‡