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Posted on: August 14, 2018

City of Aspen Enacts Stage 2 Water Shortage


City of Aspen Enacts Stage 2 Water Shortage

 Aspen City Council voted to enacted a Stage 2 Water Shortage in the City of Aspen due to extremely low water levels due to low snowpack and little summer precipitation. The goal of Stage 2 is to protect the health of Castle and Maroon Creeks, which are running at only 30% of average for August, while maintaining Aspen’s municipal water at levels that can meet customers’ demands.
This is the first time the City of Aspen has entered a Stage 2 Water Shortage. The Stage 2 Water Shortage follows City Council’s enactment of Stage 1 Water Shortage on May 14, 2018. Stage 2 comes with mandatory restrictions (see below) for all Aspen Water customers.

A Stage 2 Water Shortage further increases billing rates for the highest water use customers. These rate changes will be from 50%-75% based on which category the customer’s water use falls into (tier 3 or 4).  The City continues to offer free sprinkler efficiency assessments and equipment upgrades to community members, focused on high water users.
The City of Aspen completed sprinkler efficiency assessments on 15 parks this summer, and reduced water in parks by 20% in the month of June, and by 29% in the month of July compared to the previous 2 years.

To learn more about these restrictions and what Stage 2 means for you, join us at the picnic tables outside of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA) at 590 N. Mill Street from 12-1pm on Monday, August 20th.

For more information email or call 970.920.5110.  For water conservation programs and information visit

Stage 2 Water Shortage Mandatory Restrictions

Stage 2 mandatory requirements for Aspen Water customers include:
1.    Prohibition from watering lawns more than 3 days per week.
2.    Prohibition from watering lawns more than 30 minutes per sprinkler zone per watering day. Most sprinkler zones need only 5-20 minutes per day of watering.
3.    Prohibition from watering native areas more than 2 days per week. Most native vegetation areas need to be watered 0-1 days per week. Native areas are those that are mostly natural grass or vegetation, including wildflowers, forest, or meadows.
4.    Prohibition from watering lawns between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm, and at any time while it is raining.
5.    Exemptions from above prohibitions include: new landscapes and trees installed within the last 2 years, flowerbeds, and vegetable gardens. Properties controlled by an evapotranspiration (ET) controller or weather station are also exempt.
6.    Prohibition from watering lawns, landscaping, or amenity resulting in ponding or the flowing of water onto paved surfaces.
7.    Prohibition from washing sidewalks, driveways and patios with a hose, pressure washer, or power washer.
8.    Water users are required to repair leaking irrigation systems.

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