Colorado Springs’ City Council gave initial approval today to a new water ordinance aimed at getting consumers to save 5.8 billion gallons this year. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, the proposal contains a variety of tools to get through what is projected to be a tough drought year.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

The new ordinance would allow council to declare different drought stages, with increasing restrictions and penalties. The city-owned utility plans to ask council in late March to limit outdoor watering to two days per week. Utilities CEO Jerry Forte says a new rate aimed at excessive use is also intended to encourage compliance.

“If they’re using water in line with the restriction requirements, they shouldn’t see any adjustment in their bill at all, if they’re a typical customer.”

According to the proposal, a first violation would prompt a warning letter. Continued violations at this stage could result in fines up to $500 for residential customers, and double that for businesses. If approved, the restrictions would go into effect April 1.



In other news, Council approved Mayor Steve Bach’s proposal to allow city employees to bring guns to work if they have a concealed-carry permit. The vote was 7-2 with Council members Scott Hente and Jan Martin dissenting.

 

2 Responses to Water Restrictions Get Initial Approval in Colorado Springs

  1. Nicole Rosa says:

    If the oil companies start fracking, I bet the will get all the water they want!

  2. meg says:

    Can I buy a rain barrel yet?

News

NPR
September 27, 2016 | WLRN · One science teacher in Miami knows how sea level rise could affect her students’ lives when they’re her age. She’s determined to teach them to take that seriously, with optimism.
 

UIG via Getty Images
September 27, 2016 | KHN · The list of preventive services that insurers would cover without a copay could grow to include mammograms for younger women and perhaps even vasectomies for men.
 

Getty Images
September 27, 2016 | NPR · On this occasion, the often dour Clinton gave way to beaming smiles and occasional chuckles. Trump had just one salient objective — to project a calm and presidential air — yet struggled with it.
 

Arts & Life

NPR
September 27, 2016 | NPR · Chinese author Cixin Liu caps his Hugo Award-winning Remembrance of Earth’s Past series with an intricately structured, immensely complex tale of a rocket scientist caught in a human-alien conflict.
 

Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures
September 26, 2016 | NPR · The North Korean leader was so crazy about movies that he kidnapped a South Korean actress and director and forced them to work for him. The Lovers and the Despot tells their story.
 

September 26, 2016 | NPR · California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will require websites like IMDB Pro to remove the ages of actors and others listed on the site if asked by them to do so.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
September 26, 2016 | WXPN · The Nashville songwriter’s major-label debut is reminiscent of Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joe Shaver and James Taylor all at once. Hear two songs.
 

Courtesy of the artist
September 26, 2016 | WXPN · Craft’s music combines the influences of his Louisiana hometown and David Bowie; you might call it “Southern glam.” Hear a conversation and performance.
 

Courtesy of the artist
September 26, 2016 | KCRW · KCRW’s Jason Bentley spins a two-hour EDM mix featuring a guest DJ set from Lee Burridge.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab