DRIP Recognizes Mesa County Animal Services
KREX News Room
WHITEWATER, Colo.- The Drought Response Information Projects has recognized Mesa County Animal Services for its water conservation during the drought.
"Here at Mesa County Animal Services, which is a relatively new building, when the landscape was designed, it was designed to be a very low water usage landscape," said Mesa County Commissioner Steve Acquafresca.
According to county officials, the new building was built to be water efficient. The landscaping around the building includes a mix of drought-resistant plants that can survive on a couple of gallons of water per month.
The building, a client of Clifton water, has conserved 84 percent more water than it did in 2010, which is equivalent to 182,000 gallons.
However, this doesn't mean Mesa County is done with drought. In fact, Mesa County, along with 63 percent of the Colorado, is still in extreme drought.
Because of this, DRIP will not be rescinding Stage 1 drought conditions until a snowpack is established in the high country.
"We as domestic water providers are going to maintain the Stage 1 drought throughout the remainder of the summer. The reason we're doing that is because we're preparing for the unknown in 2013," said Joseph Burtard, Ute Water spokesperson.
Burtard says until consistent runoff is established into the reservoirs, water restrictions will continue.
When drought restrictions were first announced, Ute Water reported its customers increased their water consumption by 10 percent.
Grand Junction Parks and Recreation and School District 51 were the other recipients of this award.