‘Flush factor’ flat for holidays
VAIL ” Because Vail Resorts doesn’t release skier numbers before its quarterly reports, perhaps the best way to tell how many visitors were in town is by the amount of wastewater that was treated.
This year’s numbers from the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District show slight decreases at the plants that serve Vail and Beaver Creek.
The Vail wastewater plant treated 19.74 million gallons from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2. During the same time last year, Vail handled 20.34 million gallons. Based on an average of 100 gallons per person per day, there was an average of 19,740 people a day in Vail during the week.
The Avon plant, which treats wastewater from Beaver Creek, Minturn, Avon and Bachelor Gulch, treated 23.59 million gallons this year, compared to 24.66 million gallons last year. That equates to an average of 23,590 people a day in the area for the week.
The only plant that saw an increase was the Edwards plant, which treats waste from Edwards, Cordillera and Singletree. It treated 15.19 million gallons, up from 13.56 million gallons last year.
Based on those stats, an average of 15,190 people a day were in the Edwards area during the week.
Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 604, or firstname.lastname@example.org.