Mountain Village: Voluntary Water Conservation As Of 6/1!

In anticipation of a dry irrigation season, the Town of Mountain Village will be restricting outside watering beginning Monday, June 1, 2020. 

“Based on recent reports from the USDA/NRCS National Water and Climate Center and Bikis Water Consultants Division of SGM, the town is being proactive in initiating this year’s restrictions in June in an attempt to conserve water from the start of the irrigation season,” said Mountain Village Public Works Director Finn Kjome.

These conservation efforts will be effective in Mountain Village, Ski Ranches, Elk Run and Skyfield and are the same restrictions that were put into effect during the 2018 season. If applicable, please consult with your landscape company to ensure compliance.

Water conservation program schedule: Effective June 1, 2020:

• All properties north of Mountain Village Boulevard and Elk Run residents may water their landscaping on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays ONLY. Irrigation clocks must be set to run at a level of 70-75 percent of normal water consumption for the three days a week you are allowed to water. Irrigating hours will be either before 8:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m.

• All properties south of Mountain Village Boulevard, plus the Ski Ranches and Skyfield, may water their landscaping on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays ONLY. Irrigation clocks must be set to run at a level of 70-75 percent of normal water consumption for the three days a week you are allowed to water. Irrigating hours will be either before 8:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m.

• All exterior water features must be turned off during this conservation effort.

• Due to potential water contamination “cross-connection” occurrences, NO trucked in water will be allowed to be hooked up to existing irrigation systems.

New Landscaping:

Because of the need for new landscaping to get additional watering to become established, landscaping installed since the spring of 2019 and future landscaping projects may apply for additional watering permission.

All permit applications which include landscaping additions or changes shall be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Mountain Village Planning Department. You may contact the Planner John Miller at (970) 369-8203 or JohnMiller@mtnvillage.org.

“Please be aware that if the San Miguel River goes under administration (on-call), further water restrictions may be necessary as the town follows its augmentation requirements,” Kjome said. “If weather conditions do not cooperate, this could result in a ban on all exterior watering from the town’s water system.  On the other hand, if the region does see a significant increase in moisture, the town may retract its water conservation efforts.”

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