The Drought Response Information Project is a cooperative effort between the water providers in the Grand Valley to educate and inform water consumers about drought, how to use water wisely in your home, business, and landscape, and to keep consumers updated in the latest in water supply and drought information.
Our members include the City of Grand Junction Water, Ute Water Conservancy District, Clifton Water District, the Town of Palisade, and the Colorado State University Extension.
Continued precipitation across much of the state has led to significant improvements in most of Colorado. However the Arkansas basin is still experiencing exceptional, D4, drought conditions. Storage levels are strong and better than they were this time last year, easing concerns of municipal providers. Early season snow has been decent, but long range forecasts paint an unclear picture as to what we can expect throughout the winter months. Click Here for a full update on the State of Colorado’s drought status.
The Drought Response Information Project (DRIP) placed the Grand Valley under Stage I Drought status in June of 2012. Our community was asked to voluntarily reduce their water usage during a time that snowpack measurements, river flows, reservoir levels and precipitation remained at a record low. In 2013, most communities across the State of Colorado were placed under some level of drought status – meaning voluntary and mandatory water restrictions. Water providers patiently awaited the unknown as our State was faced with severe drought conditions, destructive wildfires and just recently the devastating floods.
DRIP is a collaboration of the four Grand Valley water utilities; City of Grand Junction, Clifton Water District, Town of Palisade and Ute Water Conservancy District. DRIP was established following the “Drought of 2002” in an effort to actively respond and educate our local community on drought conditions from year-to-year. This year, DRIP launched the trendy “Join the Flock” water conservation campaign which was based on “Flo the Pink Flamingo”. Hundreds of free pink flamingos were handed out at local events as our community embraced outdoor water conservation through the use of social media. Participants became water conservation ambassadors, within their own neighborhoods, as they displayed Flo the Flamingo and yard signs in their water saving landscapes.
There are two stages of drought identified in the Grand Valley’s Drought Response Plan. Each of the two stages are initiated through different triggers such as snowpack levels, flows in the Colorado River, compact calls or reservoir levels which supply the Grand Valley with municipal water. Stage I Drought status is a voluntary effort made by consumers to reduce their water usage. Stage II Drought status enforces mandatory water restrictions which are enforced by aggressive drought water rates. The Grand Valley has never experienced Stage II Drought status.
As a result of our current conditions, DRIP is relaxing Stage I Drought status in the Grand Valley. Representatives of the local water providers encourage their consumers to continue their water conservation efforts. These efforts should maintain the new normal in our water using habits. The Grand Valley is a semiarid climate with many of the residential and commercial landscapes being non-native to our environment. There is no clear forecast on what our water season will look like in 2014. -Submitted by Joseph R. Burtard
Flo and friends have teamed up with four local builders and the HBA of Northwestern Colorado to promote water conservation!
Bell Homes, Paul’s Residential Construction, Senergy Builders and Steady Construction will have Flo posted outside each of their new homes on the 2013 Parade of Homes tour. The builders have committed to conserving water through smart building practices, xeriscape landscaping and/or decreasing lawn size. This year’s Parade of Homes is September 27th – 29th and October 5th – 6th. For more information on the Parade of Homes visit their web site
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August DRIP Tips
Time to Check Your Automatic Sprinkler Timer Clock: The water needs of lawn changes with the seasons. 80% of the amount of water you apply in July is needed in August. The amount of water required by your lawn in September and October is 53% and 33% of what is needed in July respectively.
Time to Check for Leaks: With higher water use in the summer, higher water bills are common place. Be sure to review your water bills month to month. Higher summer use can be the result of hidden system leaks that can go unnoticed due to higher summer season consumption. Remain vigilant in detecting water leaks throughout the year.
Cover that Pool: Pool owners can use a cover to reduce water loss through evaporation. By sides helping to keep the pool free from windblown debris, energy and chemical costs can be reduced.
Minimize the use of your kitchen sink garbage disposal units: In-sink ‘garburators’ require lots of water to operate properly, and also add considerably to the volume of solids in the sewer systems which can lead to maintenance problems. Start a compost pile as an alternate method of disposing food waste.
Be Water Observant: When you see an open fire hydrant, an errant sprinkler or broken pipe, tell the property owner, local authorities or your Water Department/District. We can all help save water!
The Drought Response Information Project (DRIP) is the drought and water conservation collaborative education effort by the valley’s domestic water utilities and CSU Extension. “Every Drop Matters” especially during drought conditions.
By David Reinertsen
Every Drop Matters! Serving water upon request helps restaurants conserve not only the water and ice in your glass but also the water and energy used to wash the glassware. Anywhere from 1.5 to 3 gallons of water can be saved for every glass of water not served to a customer in a restaurant.
“Think Pink” table tents being placed in participating restaurants.
Earlier this year, the Drought Response Information Project (DRIP), comprised of the City of Grand Junction, Clifton Water District and Ute Water Conservancy District, launched the “Join the Flock” campaign which targeted outdoor water consumption. DRIP continues to handout 100s of pink flamingos at community events throughout the summer. The “Join the Flock” campaign is still going strong as the Grand Valley Community embraces the task of becoming water conservation ambassadors.
For every glass of water not served, 1.5 to 3 gallons of water can be saved!
The DRIP Committee is beyond excited to introduce the newly launched “Think Pink” element of the “Join the Flock” Campaign. The “Think Pink” Campaign focuses on water and energy efficiencies in the restaurant industry. Participating restaurants will display table tents that simply ask guest to “Think Pink Before You Drink”. The bright flamingo pink table tents encourage restaurants, across the Grand Valley, to serve water upon request. Restaurants are being asked to “Join the Flock” by adopting this water conservation campaign into their daily operations. This campaign is a community effort toward protecting Western Colorado’s most valuable resource. Contact Joseph Burtard (970.242.7491) to find out how you can get involved or for additional information on “Think Pink”.