Watering schedule irks Eagle
EAGLE, Colorado ” A routine permit approval with conditions has left some Eagle officials miffed with Eagle County.
Last week, the town learned that the county had approved the required 1041 permit to expand the Eagle water treatment plant located up Brush Creek. The expansion will increase the plant capacity from 3.7 million gallons per day to 4.3 million gallons per day. State regulations require the special review and permit.
However, as a condition of approval, the county required the town institute a mandatory odd/even day watering schedule. That condition didn’t sit well with Eagle Mayor Ed Woodland.
“We are not arguing against water conservation, but this is heavy-handedness from the county in the guise of water conservation,” he said.
Woodland maintained that Eagle holds the rights and maintains the infrastructure for its system and it is improper for the county to be mandating water restrictions.
Bob Narracci, planning manager for Eagle County Community Development said the condition related to the issue of plant capacity. He said that since the 1980s, Eagle has expanded its plant several times. Additionally, Narracci said town staff indicated that the restriction condition was not a problem.
Woodland said Eagle has no argument with the goal of water conservation, but the county shouldn’t be meddling in town business.
“This action is, in my opinion, a step up from bullying. The town of Eagle is not going to be bullied by the county,” Woodland said.
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