Vail Valley water usage spikes as treatment slows
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – Eagle River Water and Sanitation District is asking residents to be aware of how much water they are using.
The district has noted a sharp increase in water use during the first half of June. Water demand is averaging 9 million gallons per day over the last week and increasing daily, district officials said. In mid-May, water demand was about 3 million gallons per day.
Water use normally increases during the summer as property owners begin irrigating landscapes. This year’s increase is harder to keep up with, due in part to sustained high water flows in local rivers, according to the water district.
River source water is diverted and treated at the drinking water plants before being distributed in the public water system. To ensure optimal drinking water quality, the drinking water plants must run slower when treating runoff water because of the unique chemistry of runoff water, district officials said.
Slowing down the water treatment process means a slowdown in the rate to refill neighborhood water storage tanks. In many neighborhoods, water must be pumped uphill to storage tanks that serve the area. When neighborhood irrigation systems turn on all at once, it can be a challenge for pumps to push water up to refill dropping tanks, according to the water district.
The district’s water use regulations prohibit outdoor water use on Mondays and require customers to adhere to the odd/even watering schedule on Tuesday-Sunday.
The district provides water service to Vail and manages operations for the Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority, which provides water service to Arrowhead, Avon, Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek, Berry Creek, Cordillera, EagleVail and Edwards. Contact the water division at 970-949-5887 for more information.
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