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Fort Collins Might Lift Water Restrictions

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Back on April 23rd, the city of Fort Collins was saying there would probably still be watering restrictions this year, despite heavy April snowfall.  Fast forward to today, and the city is now considering lifting water restrictions…for this year AND next year!

According to The Coloradoan, Fort Collins is in a unique position that gives the city plenty of water for the immediate future.

Here’s why: To prevent water restrictions from being put in place, the city requires a specific amount of its water to be “carried over” from this year to the next to meet next year’s water demands. That means the city needs at least 7,500 acre-feet of water to be stored in Horsetooth Reservoir and other Colorado-Big Thompson Project reservoirs for use in 2014. With such a robust snowpack, the city is expecting to meet that goal soon. However, the city has only enough reservoir space to store water for 2013 and 2014, and not 2015.

[via The Coloradoan.]

In other words, Fort Collins pretty much has to lift water restrictions, or else the city will run out of space to store water.

The city is expected to make a final decision on lifting water restrictions later this week, with an official announcement possible by Friday.

The Coloradoan reports that on Tuesday, the Poudre River was running at 1,400 cubic feet per second, which is almost exactly the historical average.  The South Platte River Basin snowpack was reported to be at 119 percent of average on Tuesday as well.

So who’s ready to have a green lawn this Summer?!

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