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

AP
March 30, 2017 | NPR · The time has come to say goodbye to Dandelion, one of two yellow crayons in Crayola’s 24-count pack. It will go into retirement and the Crayola Hall of Fame.
 

NPR
March 30, 2017 | NPR · California is expected to begin easing sweeping water use and drought restrictions after an extraordinary winter of storms. But a fierce debate rages over whether the rules should become permanent.
 

Sukiyashi/Getty Images/iStockphoto
March 30, 2017 | NPR · The bodywide inflammation known as sepsis kills about 300,000 people in U.S. hospitals each year. Promising treatments have come and gone, warn skeptical doctors, who call for rigorous research.
 

Arts & Life

Courtesy of the Innocence Project
March 30, 2017 | NPR · Jerry Miller spent more than 25 years behind bars for crimes he didn’t commit. His story is part of a new collection that pairs exonerees with mystery/thriller writers.
 

A24
March 30, 2017 | NPR · This impressive debut from director Osgood Perkins, about schoolgirls left at a Catholic school over winter break, “feels like a throat-clearing exercise for a horror prodigy,” says our critic.
 

Focus Features
March 30, 2017 | NPR · This historical drama, based on the story of a Warsaw couple who helped hundreds of Jews flee Nazi-occupied Poland, is more interested in their heroism than their humanity.
 

Music

WXPN
March 30, 2017 | WXPN · On Close Ties, the veteran singer-songwriter looks back on his life and the friends who have held special places in it. Hear a conversation and live performance.
 

YouTube
March 30, 2017 | NPR · Try to recognize the signs — race and relationships get a horrific send-up in this video that mirrors the recent hit social thriller Get Out.
 

WXPN
March 30, 2017 | WXPN · Adams performs the best of his new album, Prisoner, live for World Cafe‘s 25th anniversary celebration.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab