Mar 27, 2011 8:52 PM by Jeannette Hynes
Even though the ground was a little wet and some areas saw a little bit of snow on Sunday, much of southern Colorado remains under severe drought conditions. So what does that mean for possible watering restrictions in the coming months?
"It's too early to tell right now," says Patrice Quintero, spokesperson for Colorado Springs Utilities. "We have people measuring snow pack. We have people down here measuring how much water we're using as a community, so it's a constant balance. It's not just during Spring or Fall. It's a daily job all year round."
Much of the water Colorado Springs uses comes from the mountains. Right now, the snowpack is at or above average levels. For the Arkansas River Basin (which includes Pueblo), the snowpack is at or just below average levels.
"We're feeling pretty positive right now," says Quintero.
Drought conditions on the front range requires more manpower to keep lawns and landscape growing. Quintero suggests to get on a consistent watering schedule and don't over water.
"You don't want to put your plants in shock," says Quintero.
Colorado Springs Utilities offers irrigation equipment rebates of up to $200 for installing certain kinds of water-saving equipment for outdoor watering.