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Posted on: September 1, 2020

APCHA ANNOUNCEMENT: Stage 2 Water Shortage in Aspen

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Stage 2 Water Shortage in Aspen

The City of Aspen Stage 2 Water Shortage Restrictions went into effect September 1 for all City utility customers.  The goal of Stage 2 is to reduce City of Aspen total water use by 15-20% over current use.  City Council enacted the Water Shortage ordinance just after the US Drought Monitor declared Pitkin County to be in “extreme drought conditions” on August 18.  In addition, local rivers are running at 40-70% of median flows.

All the City’s water supply is dependent on streams so the community’s collective actions will help preserve our shared water supply over the dry late summer and fall. Thank you in advance for your efforts to curb your water use and to conserve our shared resource.

Below are the restrictions that will be in place for residents, commercial users, and the City of Aspen:

  • Watering of any lawn, garden, landscaped area, tree, shrub or other plant shall be prohibited from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Water every other day on an "odd-even" schedule, which means watering according to address number.
  • There shall be no washing of sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios, or other paved areas.
  • There shall be no refilling of swimming pools with water furnished by the City.
  • There shall be no non-commercial washing of privately owned cars, other motor vehicles, trailers or boats, except from a bucket and except that a hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle.
  • No new public or private landscaping installations shall be allowed with the exception of that required as a minimum for erosion control of disturbed surfaces as determined by the City.
  • No new water connections shall be authorized; however, existing authorizations shall be honored.
  • Tier 3 and 4 water customers will have rate increases.

You can find more information about Stage 2 Water Shortage including informational flyers to download, water saving tips, and a complete list of restrictions at


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