2 week warning for water restrictions

12:02 AM, Mar 15, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - When it comes to snowfall in the mountains, the National Weather Service says this is the third worst year in the last 35 years.

Denver and Aurora say a decision on water restrictions is expected in two weeks unless at least eight feet of snow falls in the high country.

That may sound far-fetched, and while it's not likely, in March of 2003 parts of the mountains got about seven feet of snow in four days. If that happens again, it will drastically change conditions in the Denver metro area.

Denver gets its water from the Colorado River Basin and the South Platte River, and both aren't filling up nearly as fast as they need to.

"South Platte is 53 percent of average, and the Colorado River Basin is about 63 percent of average, so again just really low numbers on snow," Stacy Chensey with Denver Water said.

Because of the lack of moisture, Denver Water and Aurora Water will be putting in place stage two drought restrictions.

"A stage two drought means a mandatory two day a week watering and customers will be assigned watering days based on their address. No more than two days a week and never between 10am and 6pm," Chensey said.

Customers will be notified of the rules through the mail. Denver water says people who break the rules will be issued a citation.

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