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.
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
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 prior to Evergreen Lake, and the
other gauge is on Bear Creek prior to the town of Morrison.
Drought Response Level #1
drought would be determined by a Bear Creek gauge reading of 12.0
cfs to 10.0 cfs at the
Evergreen Lake gauge.
drought level will be declared only after a 7 day running average of
flow at the Evergreen gauge reads between the 12.0 cfs to 10.0 cfs
minor drought may be sustained over the entire summer without getting
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.
first minor drought response would be to notify the District's customer
base and the public in general that a drought is occurring and ask for
voluntary reductions of water usage, particularly outside watering of
grass and landscaping.
watering will be recommended to occur before 10:00 AM and after 6:00 PM
for maximum conservation of water.
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; however should the 7 day running average rise above 12.0
cfs then the drought response
in the local paper,
that the drought is still occurring and that conservation measures are
articles surrounding this issue will state
when the drought is over, a public announcement will be made in the
and a message will be
posted in the news section of the Districtís Web site.
Drought Response Level
conditions would be determined by a Bear Creek gauge reading of 10.0
cfs to 5.0 cfs for a 7-day
@ the Evergreen Lake gauge.
notification that the drought is becoming more severe and that
additional drought response
is necessary. Notices
would be placed
in the local paper, posted
on customer bills, and on the District web site.
special drought notice flyer may be sent to
all District residential
stating the mandatory cutbacks in residential and commercial outside
watering to no more than three days per week outside watering
zones should operate for irrigation no more than 30 minutes per zone per
courses will be required
to reduce their irrigation use by 30%.
irrigation taps serving
and ball fields
will be asked to
go to three-day per week
irrigation watering, and
reduce their water
usage by 30% on a metered average.
outside watering will be required to occur before 10:00 AM and after
6:00 PM, unless maintenance of the irrigation system is involved.
rate penalties will go into effect for irrigation tap users that ignore
the cutback request.
will be waived for first time offenders; however, 2nd
offenses and on will be subject to $50.00 per offense fines.
taps will be limited to water use of 14,000 gallons per month per
equivalent tap, and all water used at and above that amount could be
billed with a drought penalty rate.
water haulers using the pay station will be limited to hauling for
indoor use only. No hauling for irrigation purposes will be allowed.
will result in loss of hauling privileges.
running average at the Evergreen gauge will be used by the Water
to change drought level
responses at their discretion, and
will be made whenever the drought
response changes are made.
Drought Response Level #3
drought situation would be determined by a Bear Creek gauge reading of
5.0 cfs or less at the Evergreen Lake gauge based on a 7-day running
response to this worsening drought condition
will be to declare a state of
declaring this emergency state will be strategically placed around the
The District will
restrict all water use to basic indoor uses and aggressively enforce
outside watering moratorium.
outside watering moratorium should allow for the some flow down Bear
Creek until stream flows drop to 2.5 cfs or below. Then Evergreen will
be relying on Evergreen Lake as an emergency supply and Bear Creek below
the dam will go dry.
will be imposed on customers violating the outside irrigation ban.
will be $50.00 for 1st offense, $100.00 for 2nd
offense, and all subsequent offenses.
watering of shrubs, plants, and flowers will be allowed.
washing can occur with a bucket and hose with a shut off nozzle.
golf courses and irrigation taps will be cut off until this level of
drought is lifted, except for minimal drafts on storage for Evergreen
Golf Course to water tees and greens only.
state of emergency will be broadcast on Denver radio and television
stations along with notice at all public buildings, the local
newspapers, and the Districtís web site.
billing rates will have a
penalty rate for every 1000
of usage above
gallons per month.
the situation dictates, the Water Shortage Response Team can enact more
stringent requirements including cutting off Evergreen Golf Course and
water rationing if necessary.
public announcement will be made whenever this
has ended or an
increase in stream flow
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.
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
water rationing shall require all residential and commercial customers
to restrict their indoor water use to 6,000 gallons per month per
water penalty rate will be enacted per thousand gallons for all use
above 6,000 gallons per equivalent tap per month.
the water level in Evergreen Lake continues to decline past 2 feet down
even more severe water rationing will be enacted.
outside use of water for irrigation of any kind will be allowed for any
car washing or any outside household use of water will be allowed.
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 previous rates, and will be
assessed against all outside water use.
customers on the
during that season.
the Districtís maximum
at full build-out
WTEs is 200
per tap per
a low of 4.0
is not anticipated
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