The Town of Paonia is asking residents to conserve water usage as the heat of summer arrives and a less than normal spring runoff ends.
At the June 12 board meeting town administrator Ken Knight told the trustees that the results of the drought are quickly becoming apparent. "We have routinely, for most of the year, been spilling about 15,000 gallons of untreated water daily into Minnesota Creek," said Knight. Public Works Director Travis Loberg informed Knight that the amount recently -- and very quickly -- dipped to about 1,500 gallons per day
This week Knight issued a call to residents to conserve, stating:
"In the last two weeks the Town as seen a precipitous drop in the amount of water that is flowing from our springs to the water plant. We are NOT in a water crisis at this point, but the Town would like to ask our community members and water companies to begin to try to conserve water by limiting the amount of water you use to irrigate, doing full loads of laundry instead of partial loads, don't let the water run while washing dishes or brushing your teeth, etc.
"If necessary the Town may look to impose water restrictions in the future and may need to even raise the price on water, but that is not our goal. Our goal is to work with you, our friends and neighbors, and to encourage conservation, not enforce it.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.