Norwood, Mountain Village Impose Water Conservation Measures, While Water Call Threatens Ouray

In May the Norwood Water Commission and the Town of Norwood posted water restriction notices asking customers to begin saving. In the Telluride area, the Town of Mountain Village also set limits on residential water usage. Not far away, Ouray city officials were scrambling to augment municipal water rights in response to a call requiring the immediate curtailment of the city’s water supply. The Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association, which operates the Montrose & Delta Canal, placed a call on the Upper Uncompahgre because sub-average snow pack and early run-off resulted in excessively low seasonal flows. In August the Ouray City Council voted to enact water conservation measures. The newly adopted resolution asked citizens to restrict yard watering to specific hours and to specific days. In effect, the resolution was mandated by the Colorado Division of Water Resources (CDWR) as a condition of that entity’s pending approval of the city’s Emergency Substitute Water Supply Plan, to show CDWR that the city is doing something to curb its water usage in light of the call on the city’s water.