Paonia water users, pat yourselves on the back. Your efforts to conserve precious water resources is working.
"After our conversation on water conservation... our water consumption is down on the average between 60,000 and 80,000 gallons per day," said Paonia town administrator Ken Knight. "Merely asking the public to consider their water use and consider their water consumption has resulted in a significant daily savings."
Recent rains were heavy enough to produce gully washers, but "that certainly hasn't broken our drought," said Knight. "We still need to be conscious of water conservation."
Clean up following the flash floods that hit Paonia on July 8 and flooded Apple Valley Park and tennis courts continues, said public works director Travis Loberg. The flooding, which resulted when flash floods washed out two beaver dams on Minnesota Creek east of town. The resulting debris took out a foot bridge on Harding Lane and backed up against the bridge on Pan American Avenue adjacent to Apple Valley Park. The flooding was the worst that the town has seen in recent years, said Loberg.
The tennis courts were flooded and remain closed until further notice. The town and North Fork Pool, Park and Recreation District are coordinating on clean-up efforts, and much of the mud has already been removed.
Citizens are also asked to be aware of road repair and construction work on area sidewalks beginning this week. Work is expected to take about a month, said Loberg.