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Snowpack and reservoir storage levels looking good as summer watering approaches

May 18, 2017 Updated: May 18, 2017 at 1:55 pm
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A snowy winter has helped keep Colorado Springs Utilities' reservoirs comfortably stocked ahead of the summer watering season. (Associated press file photo)

A snowy winter has helped keep Colorado Springs Utilities' reservoirs comfortably stocked ahead of the summer watering season.

Storage levels for Utilities' reservoirs are at 78 percent of capacity - slightly ahead of its seasonal average of 75 percent, according to Kalsoum Abbasi, a Utilities senior project engineer.

"We're in great shape as far as storage goes, across the board," Abbasi told Utilities' Board of Directors this week.

Snowpack levels this year have been healthy across Colorado, with almost every river basin in the state above average as of May 1. Drought conditions also have all but disappeared.

Those levels should get another boost this week. A late spring storm is forecast to drop another foot or two of snow over Pikes Peak and parts of the Continental Divide.

Despite the healthy reservoir readings, Stage I watering restrictions remain in effect across the city, Abbasi said. The restrictions, which are voluntary, ask residents to limit watering to three days a week, and during cool parts of the day.

"Even in the best of times, we still want to conserve water," said Don Knight, a Utilities board member.

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