Colorado Springs mayor seeks water conservation

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Voluntary water conservation isn’t working in Colorado Springs. Since the city recently asked residents to cut consumption by 10 percent, consumption has risen over 30 percent for the same period a year ago.
At a news conference, Colorado Springs Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace asked residents to be considerate of the voluntary water reduction because of the gravity of the situation.
Because of low water, there will be no swimming in Prospect Lake at Memorial Park. “I know there are going to be a lot of disappointed people,” Makepeace said.
A personal water use survey is available from the Colorado Springs Utilities office. The survey will identify ways to save water tailored to your home and lifestyle, the report said. It is also available online.
More water restrictions may result if voluntary reductions don’t work, Makepeace said.
Makepeace also used her news conference to introduce the city’s novel streamside overlay and ordinance. The ordinance could have significant impact on those building near streams and waterways.
The ordinance will protect sensitive waterways from contaminated runoff from properties under development. Projects now under construction will be grandfathered in, Makepeace said.
“The primary objectives of the ordinance and overlay are conservation of stream natural features and promoting development which is compatible with the stream setting,” a brochure about the ordinance said.
The proposal will return for a public presentation to the planning commission on June 20, at 6 p.m. at City Hall at 107 North Nevada. The city’s utilities website is www.csu.org.