Drought Watch and Water Conservation 

Stage 2 Water Shortage Press Release

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  1. Stage Two Water Shortage
  2. Stage One Water Shortage
  3. Water Saving Tips
  4. Drought Links

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With the US Drought Monitor declaring Pitkin County in Extreme and Severe Drought Conditions and with local streams running at 40-70% of median flows, the City of Aspen is under a Stage 2 Water Shortage in an effort to conserve water communitywide.  As our water supply is solely from local streams, we must all work together to conserve our precious resource.

The objective of water conservation measures during Stage Two is a fifteen percent (15%) reduction in treated water use; seventeen and one-half percent (17.5%) reduction in pressurized raw water use; and, twenty percent (20%) reduction in non-pressurized raw water use; and, zero percent (0%) reduction in reuse water use. Upon commencement of Stage Two, all Stage One measures are in effect in addition to the restrictions for Stage Two listed below:

(1) Watering of any lawn, garden, landscaped area, tree, shrub or other plant shall be prohibited from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except from a hand-held hose or container or drip irrigation system. 

(2) Watering of any lawn, garden, landscaped area, tree, shrub, or other plant shall be done only every other day on an "odd-even" schedule, which means watering according to address number.

(3) There shall be no washing of sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios or other paved areas apart from cleaning for sanitary purposes. Any washing must follow Stage 2 Water Restrictions including washing before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m..

(4) There shall be no refilling of swimming pools with water furnished by the City.

(5) Permitted landscape installations will be allowed if they comply with existing Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance standards and follow Stage 2 Water Restrictions.

(6) No new water connections shall be authorized; however, existing authorizations shall be honored; provided, however, that this subsection (5) shall not apply to users on a well whose well has run dry.

(7) Upon declaration of Stage Two water shortage, increases in water rates for tier three (3) and tier four (4), (Sections 25.16.010 and 25.16.020 and 25.16.021), shall be imposed as mandated by the City of Aspen City Manager up to the maximum rates defined in Section 25.28.040.

City still has the ability to enforce flagrant violations of water waste, as outlined in Title 25 of City code.