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Emergency water conservation order for Colorado City

A man collects water from a lake near Colorado City as the area deals with a water shortage.
A man collects water from a lake near Colorado City as the area deals with a water shortage.(KKTV/Jack Heeke)
Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 4:33 PM MDT|Updated: Jul. 23, 2021 at 8:46 PM MDT
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COLORADO CITY, Colo. (KKTV) - A Colorado community was issued an “Emergency Water Conservation Order” on Friday.

At about 2 p.m., the following was posted to the website for Colorado City in Pueblo County:

EMERGENCY WATER CONSERVATION ORDER

WHEREAS, the Colorado City Metropolitan District suffered or there is an imminent threat that Colorado City will suffer from an immediate shortage in its supply of water which threatens the health, welfare, and safety of the inhabitants and visitors of the city and which requires immediate action.

And

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED there is hereby declared an emergency Water Conservation Order.

All outdoor watering is prohibited until future notice. Enforcement will be per Rules and Regulations #10.4.

DATED at Colorado City, Colorado this 23 day of July 2021, at 2:00 p.m.

Residents with questions can call 719-676-3396.

11 News Anchor Adam Atchison spoke with City Manager James Eccher Friday night.

“We’re asking them [water customers] to conserve and not use any outside water,” Eccher explained. “At this point we do have almost, I think, 98 percent of water back on to everybody.”

Crews will be working to transfer water to different tanks, with hopes to eliminate many of the outages that have been experienced. Eccher emphasized no one should be watering their yards or washing their cars. Eccher hopes they can get back to not needing a conservation order in about three days.

“I just recommend that you continue to use bottled water for a couple of days until we can get this all flushed,” Ecchler said.

This is a developing story and this article will be updated.

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