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Aspen enacts mandatory water use restrictions amid shortages

Author: Associated Press - August 14, 2018 - Updated: August 14, 2018

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A couple window-shops in Aspen. (iStock/Getty Images)

ASPEN — Extremely low water levels has forced the city of Aspen to declare a stage 2 water shortage for the first time in history.

The Aspen Times reports that the Aspen City Council approved the move Monday. Aspen Utilities Portfolio Manager Margaret Medellin says she anticipates stage 2 restrictions to remain in effect indefinitely.

Under the restrictions, Aspen water customers must not water lawns more than three days a week and no more than 30 minutes per sprinkler zone per day.

Restrictions also include no watering native areas more than two days a week and no watering lawns between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Violators will be issued a notice to correct the infraction. If it’s not corrected, a first offense carries a $500 fine. Subsequent offenses could result in additional $500 fines or disconnection of water service.

Associated Press

Associated Press