Watering rules take effect June 1 | VailDaily.com

Watering rules take effect June 1

Cliff Thompson

But you’d be wrong. If you’re a water consumer living from Wolcott to East Vail, you’ll not only have a three day a week watering schedule this summer, you’ll also have an incentive to conserve water in the form of new tiered water rates. The watering schedule will be in effect from June 1 to Sept. 30 while the new tiered rates were effected in May and will appear in your JUne water bills.

“The restrictions in place are the same ones that have been in use for the last six or eight years,” said Dennis Gelvin, general manager of Eagle River Water and Sanitation. “We want to encourage good water use habits.”

Water use from the three water plants operated by Upper Eagle Regional Water and Sanitation peaks in summer, reaching as much as 10 million gallons per day.

If you’re a customer living from Dowd Junction east and will use up to 7,000 gallons per month it will cost $1 per thousand gallons plus a $10 base fee. If you use 8,000 to 25,000 gallons per month, it will cost you $2.77 per thousand gallons and if you use more than 26,000 gallons per month the cost will be $4.62 per thousand gallons.

From Eagle Vail West to Wolcott, the rates will include a base fee of $13.18 per month and a cost of $2.80 per thousand gallons for using up to 7,000 gallons a month. If you use 8,000 to 25,000 gallons the cost increases to $3.36 per thousand gallons and if you use 26,000 gallons or more the rate per thousand increases to $5.60.

If drought revisits the area and water use needs to be cut a new three-stage water-use restriction plan has been created. The first step calls for no-water Mondays; the second restricts discourages water use from 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. and restricts free-running hoses without nozzles or sprinklers. Special use permits will be made available for newly sodded or seeded lawns and swimming pools will be limited to one filling per year unless drained for repairs.

The third stage, triggered by low flows in area streams, prohibits lawn watering as well as vehicle washing at residences and prohibits washing of driveways sidewalks and parking lots.. Hand watering of trees, flowers and shrubs will be allowed.

Businesses such as hotels and restaurants will be encouraged to implement water conservation measures.

Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555 ext 450 or cthompson@vaildaily.com

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