Eagle toughens water rules
Eagle, CO Colorado
EAGLE, Colorado “-The town of Eagle, Colorado toughened its water rules Tuesday night.
In a unanimous vote, the Eagle Town Board changed its long-term voluntary summer yard watering schedule from a voluntary program to a mandatory one. There were two primary reasons for the change ” to ensure adequate stream flow in Brush Creek and to address capacity issues at the town’s water treatment plant.
The normal watering restrictions in the new town ordinance are identical to the existing town program. The schedule calls for house addresses that end in an even number to water on even-numbered days and house addresses that end in an odd number to water on odd-numbered days. Lawn watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.
The town will comply with these restrictions on with its own parks,”said Town Manager Willy Powell.
In addition to the regular rules, the new water ordinance includes provisions for drought. A Stage II restriction will come into play on years when the snowpack is determined to be less than 80 percent of normal on April 1. At this point there will be restriction for spas, swimming pools and washing vehicles. During an extremely dry year such as 2002 or 1977, a Stage III restriction will be enacted that will cut back lawn watering to a maximum of two days per week.
As for enforcement, Powell noted that, in general, the town hopes residents will voluntarily comply. “We are going to rely on neighborhood pressure,” he said.