Town of Palmer Lake announces emergency water restrictions

Posted at 3:58 PM, Jul 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-30 17:58:55-04

The Town of Palmer Lake announced emergency Stage 2 restrictions Monday.

The Board of Trustees declared the water emergency due to equipment failure. According to a release, the town no longer has the ability to pump one of its two wells due to the loss of one of its pumps. 

Under these restrictions no public water in the town of Palmer Lake can be used. The town says irrigation of landscaped areas is absolutely prohibited and the use of water to wash any motor vehicle, motorbike, boat, trailer or other vehicle is absolutely prohibited.

The following uses of water are defined as non-essential and are prohibited:

  • Wash down of any sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts or other hard-surfaced areas;
  • Use of water to wash down buildings or structures for purposes other than immediate fire protection;
  • Flushing gutters or permitting water to run or accumulate in any gutter or street;
  • Failure to repair a controllable leak(s) within a reasonable period after having been given notice directing the repair of such leak(s).
  • Use of water to fill, refill or add to any indoor or outdoor swimming pools or Jacuzzi-type pools is prohibited.
  • Operation of any ornamental fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes is prohibited except where necessary to support aquatic life or where such fountains or ponds are equipped with a recirculation system.
  • All restaurants are prohibited from serving water to patrons except upon request by the patron.
  • Use of water hydrants shall be limited to fire-fighting, related activities or other activities necessary to maintain public health, safety and welfare. Use of water from fire hydrants for construction purposes is prohibited.
  • No application for new, additional, expanded or increased-in-size water service connections, meters, service lines, pipeline extensions, mains or water service facilities of any kind shall be approved and time limits for approval of such applications are hereby suspended for such time as the Stage 2 Water Restrictions shall be in effect.

The town was told repairs could take anywhere between 6-8 weeks. Dogs are also banned from Reservoir Trail, anyone caught with a dog on Reservoir Trail will face a $800 fine.?