Watering limits ordered for utilities customers

DENVER — Colorado’s largest water utility has declared a Stage 2 drought, saying March snows were not enough to improve the current conditions.

The decision announced Wednesday means mandatory watering restrictions will kick in Monday.

Starting next week, customers will be assigned two days a week for lawn watering. Other restrictions also will take effect, including no lawn watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows all of Colorado is experiencing some level of drought. The statewide snowpack was 79 percent of average as of Tuesday, and reservoir levels around the state are low.

Colorado Springs Utilities also is limiting outdoor watering starting Monday. It is also charging higher rates to residential customers with high monthly water usage.


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