Drought watch 
 is over

For the first time in 16 months, Grand Valley residents are no longer under a drought watch.

Grand Valley water agencies lifted the Stage I drought status on Wednesday, but still asked that consumers limit their water use.

After remaining under Stage I drought precautions through last winter and this summer, “We are lifting the status because we feel comfortable with where our water levels are,” Ute Water Conservancy District spokesman Joe Burtard said.

The drought warning could be reinstated after water agencies evaluate snowpack in the high country.

For that, only time will tell, Burtard said.

“There is no clear forecast on what our water season will look like in 2014,” Burtard said.

The Stage 1 drought advisory was issued by the Drought Response Information Project, a joint project of the Grand Valley’s four water providers, Clifton Water District, the municipalities of Grand Junction and Palisade, and Ute.

Over the summer, the project, known as DRIP, launched a conservation campaign based on “Flo the Pink Flamingo.” Hundreds of pink flamingos were handed out at Grand Valley events to encourage outdoor water conservation.


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