July 3, 2013--City wants you to cut water use (Durango Herald)

Shorten shower time by 2 minutes or bathe with a significant other. Put a brick in the toilet tank. Wash only full loads of laundry. Water the grass less. However you do it, the city of Durango would like you to cut back your water usage by 10 percent. High summer water usage, especially from sprinklers systems irrigating the grass, combined with low water flows in the Animas River is putting a strain on the reservoir, officials said during a City Council meeting Tuesday. The city’s terminal reservoir is currently about a foot below the level it should be. Officials would like to maintain it at maximum capacity so the city can respond to crises such as wildfires or a sudden loss of water. For most of the year, the Florida River is sufficient to meet the city’s needs with a daily supply of 5.7 million gallons, but in summertime, the city’s average of daily water usage is 9.5 millions gallons. The reservoir must be supplemented with water from the Animas River.

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