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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 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.
Voluntary Water Conservation
Mandatory Water Conservation
CRISIS WATER MANAGEMENT
· 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.
· 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.
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.