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Reservoirs are above average but water efficiency is still important

4:24 PM, Feb 24, 2014   |    comments
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DENVER - Every week the snowpack is doing better and better with each storm contributing from a couple of inches to a feet of snow at a time.

The statewide snowpack in the last two weeks has jumped up 7 percent from 108 percent of average to 115 percent of average. Just this weekend, we were able to pick up about a foot of snow in in some areas in the high country and up to 9 inches in parts of northeast Colorado.

The South Platte and the North Platte reservoirs, which are the drainage basins that most affect the water resources for the Front Range, are at 133 percent and 145 percent of average which is extremely good. According to Denver Water our reservoirs are more than 90 percent full this time of year. Just to put it into context, last year when we were in drought conditions we were 70 percent full.

And on average at this time of year it's usually around 80 percent. Even though these numbers are looking really good, our friends at Denver Water say that being water efficient is still very important for future seasons.

"As far as the snowpack goes, it really is more on a year to year basis. So right now we are looking like we are in a good spot to handle next year's irrigation season.

It's like a savings account. What if next year becomes dry? The more ahead we can be in our reservoirs the more water we have in it, the better we are for that next dry period," said Travis Thompson of Denver Water.

Thompson says that water efficiency is something their customers should do year round. By taking those measures to be more water efficient, several rebates are available to put more money in your pocket. Things like replacing inefficient toilets with one that is more efficient or using xeriscape plants in your yard that don't require as much watering. Learn more about water efficiency rebates for residential and commercial on Denverwater.org.

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