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Water Conservation Plan

This Water Conservation Plan has been created for the purpose of providing a framework to deal with drought or any other phenomena that diminishes or interrupts the normal supply of water and water levels in Bear Creek and Evergreen Lake.

Mission:

The Mission of this Plan is to provide guidance and operational imperatives to the Board which will facilitate a quicker and more comprehensive response to any interruption of the Evergreen Metropolitan District ("EMD") water supply.

Water Shortage from Low Bear Creek Flow and Emergency Response:

Drought responses to water shortages on Bear Creek will be categorized into three conditions. The responses will be based on two flow monitoring devices, which monitor and record the water flow in Bear Creek at two locations. One gauge is on Bear Creek before Evergreen Lake, and the other gauge is on Bear Creek before the town of Morrison. There are varying levels of drought response, with Level 1 being the least severe, and Water Rationing being the most severe. Droughts may also occur during the winter, in which case there is also a Winter Drought response level.

Minor Drought Response Level 1

Voluntary Water Conservation

  • A minor drought would be determined by a reading of 12.0 cfs to 10.0 cfs flowing through the gauge on Bear Creek at Evergreen Lake.
  • Once declared, without major precipitation, Level 1 will remain in place through the remainder of the irrigation season (June 1 to October 31)·
  • A minor drought response may also be employed if a water system supply problem, that limits the amount of water the distribution system can provide to any or all areas of the water system, is identified.
  • Level 1 drought response will be communicated to the District's customer base and the general public using strategic signing, social media, statement messages, local newspapers, and the District's website. Periodic reminders will be distributed through these sources.
  • Voluntary restrictions go into place including - outside watering recommendations before 10:00 AM and after 6:00 PM no more than three days per week.
  • If the flow in Bear Creek holds at the 10.0 cfs reading at the Evergreen Lake gauge, then this will be the extent of action taken· Should significant precipitation result in a consistent 12.0 cfs+ reading - Level 1 may be lifted and the community will be notified.
Drought Response Level 2

Mandatory Water Conservation

  • A Level 2 Drought is determined by a 7 day average reading of 10.0 cfs to 5.0 cfs flowing through the gauge on Bear Creek at Evergreen Lake.
  • Once declared, without major precipitation, Level 2 will remain in place through the remainder of the irrigation season (June 1 to October 31)·
  • Level 2 Drought response will be communicated to the District's customer base and the general public using strategic signing, social media, statement messages, local newspapers, and the District's website. Periodic reminders will be distributed through these sources.
  • Mandatory restrictions go into place including
    • Outside watering before 10:00 AM and after 6:00 PM - ONLY
    • Max 3 days per week watering
    • Irrigation zone operation max 30 minutes per zone
    • Golf Courses, Public Parks and Ball Fields will reduce irrigation by 30% and reduce usage to 3 days per week
  • Once Level 2 Drought response goes into place water rate penalties and usage violation fines will be assessed.
    • First time offenders - penalty waived
    • Second and Subsequent offenses - $50.00 per offense fine
    • Drought penalty rates for usage over 14,000 gallons per tap will be implemented - $15.00 per 1000 gallons over 14,000
  • All water haulers and bulk station users will be limited to hauling for indoor use only. No irrigation hauling allowed.
  • If the flow in Bear Creek holds at the 5.0 cfs reading at the Evergreen Lake gauge, then this will be the extent of action taken· Should significant precipitation result in a consistent 10.0 cfs+ reading - Level 2 may be lifted and the community will be notified.
Severe Drought Response Level 3

CRISIS WATER MANAGEMENT

  • A Level 3 Drought is determined by a 7-day average reading below 5.0 cfs flowing through the gauge on Bear Creek at Evergreen Lake.
  • Once declared, without major precipitation, Level 3 will remain in place through the remainder of the irrigation season (June 1 to October 31)·
  • Level 3 Drought response will be communicated to the District's customer base and the general public using strategic signing, social media, statement messages, local newspapers, and the District's website. Press releases will be issued to local media sources. Periodic reminders will be distributed through these sources.
  • NO OUTSIDE IRRIGATION ALLOWED
    • Flowers, Plants, and Gardens may be watered with by hand using a watering can or hose with shut off nozzle.
    • Cars may be washed by hand using a bucket or hose with a shut-off nozzle.
  • Once Level 3 Drought response goes into place water severe rate penalties and usage violation fines will be assessed.
    • First-time offenders - $100.00 fine
    • Second and Subsequent offenses - $200.00 per offense fine
    • Drought penalty rates for usage over 7,500 gallons per tap will be implemented - $30.00 per 1000 gallons over 7,500
  • All golf courses and irrigation taps will be shut off until Level 3 is lifted. (A small allowance will be made for Evergreen Golf course's tees and greens only )
  • The Bulk Station will be closed to all use.
  • If the flow in Bear Creek holds at the 5.0 cfs reading at the Evergreen Lake gauge, then this will be the extent of action taken· Should significant precipitation result in a consistent 5.0 cfs+ reading - Level 3 may be lifted and the community will be notified.
  • NO CONSUMPTION CREDITS will be issued.
  • This moratorium is necessary to maintain stream flows down Bear Creek.

     
  • If the situation dictates, the Water Shortage Response Team can enact more stringent requirements including cutting off Evergreen Golf Course and water rationing if necessary.
  • A public announcement will be made whenever this Severe Drought Level has ended or an increase in streamflow above 5.0 cfs for a 7 day running average has occurred that will allow the District to administer a Level 2 drought condition response.
Water Rationing

EXTREME CONDITIONS

  • After Level 3 drought responses have been enacted, and the level of Evergreen Lake continues to decline to 1foot below the top of the dam, the Committee may enact a water-rationing program. Signs will be placed at strategic locations around the District declaring the emergency water rationing program.
  • Initial water rationing shall require all residential and commercial customers to restrict their indoor water use to 6,000 gallons per month per equivalent tap.
  • A water penalty rate will be enacted per thousand gallons for all use above 6,000 gallons per equivalent tap per month.
  • If the water level in Evergreen Lake continues to decline past 2 feet down even more severe water rationing will be enacted.
  • No outside use of water for irrigation of any kind will be allowed for any reason.
  • No car washing or any outside household use of water will be allowed.
  • Public announcements will be made in the local news and posted on the District website when a change in drought conditions occurs.
  • Fines will be set at double Level 3 rates and will be assessed against all outside water use.
Winter Drought

A winter drought is not foreseen due to the low water usage from customers on the water system during that season. Without irrigation, the District’s maximum base winter use for customers at full build-out of 7,500 WTEs is 200 gallons per tap per day. This usage would equate to 2.0 cfs during the winter. Only once in the last 80 years of data on Bear Creek has the flow reached a low of 4.0 cfs in the winter. Therefore a winter drought is not anticipated utilizing the maximum equivalent tap number of 7,500.

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