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Water outlook after 6 months   

Author: Eric  by  Eric  on  7/18/2019

Rosemont ReservoirI love summer. Call me crazy, but I love the hot, dry weather. If you’re like me, the weather in June frustrated you to no end!

While the weather didn’t do my disposition any favors, it did do wonders for our water supply. June’s weather brought temperature and precipitation totals for the year to about average. Temperatures and precipitation through June were 0.1 degree below and 96 percent of normal, respectively.

The weather conditions in June were so good – at least from a water use perspective – that it was the 3rd lowest water demand for any June dating back to 2001. It was a whopping 29 percent lower than June 2018. As a result, overall water demand for the year is 19 percent lower than 2018.

Without the hot, dry drought conditions we’ve experienced in past years, we’ve been able to significantly increase our water storage. We currently have about 3 years of typical water demand in our reservoirs. About 260 days worth of that water is available right here in local storage on Pikes Peak and in Rampart Reservoir.

​Current Water Supply (as of June 30, 2019)
Local Storage ​83%
​Rampart Reservoir 94%​
​Pikes Peak 63%​
​System Wide Storage ​85%
​System Wide Storage 30-year Avg. ​83%

Want more good news? The conditions this year have allowed us to leverage our regional water contracts to the tune of more than $725,000 in revenue.

Even with the recent hotter, dryer weather, we have a very positive water outlook. But that doesn’t mean we should all be careless with our water use. We should always be diligent about using water wisely.

 
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