Officials Reveal Valley's Drought Status
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. On Friday local officials announced the valley's current water status, preparing residents as we head into the warmer months.
While officials were proactively preparing for a Stage II Drought, the Grand Valley is still under a Stage I status.
During a Stage I Drought residents are asked to voluntarily reduce their outdoor water usage, including fountains, pools and sprinklers. Officials warn that various factors could cause the region to move to a Stage II Drought.
David Reinertsen, DRIP co-chair, said, "Stage II Drought restrictions will include mandatory water reductions, that could be set-schedules for people using irrigation and lawn watering, higher rates to encourage water conservation."
Some Stage II Drought triggers include a significant drop in reservoir levels and inefficient water use of our limited supply.
While Mesa County has never moved into a Stage II Drought situation, other parts of Colorado are already dealing with it.