Water supply

Cortez council considers charging snowbirds for water, trash

In a Tuesday workshop, the Cortez City Council discussed the possibility of changing the city policy on water and trash fees for residents who don’t live there in the winter. Public Works Director...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Water experts prepare for state population boom

WASHINGTON, D.C. – If population projections for Colorado and the region are on target, water supplies could be a critical issue by mid-century, experts say.Montezuma County’s population is...

DATE: June 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Waterline, other construction plans on Cortez council agenda

On Tuesday, the Cortez City Council will vote on regulations that could affect multiple upcoming construction projects. The public meeting will start with a workshop at 5:20 p.m. in the Mesa Verde...

DATE: June 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado heads toward a water and budget crisis, officials say

Colorado water managers said Friday that a growing population and shrinking oil and gas revenues will leave the state with a water shortage and too little money to prevent it. The state’s 5.3...

DATE: April 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Measure would encourage water efficiency in new construction

DENVER – Lawmakers are eyeing ways to improve water conservation by encouraging higher standards for new construction. House Bill 1273, which would require the inclusion of measures to conserve...

DATE: April 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma Valley Irrigation restricts county access to water

The Montezuma Valley Irrigation Co. has again tightened control of its water resources, telling the county road department that it will face theft charges if it draws its share of the water from an...

DATE: March 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores water district bans boating at Totten Lake

The Dolores Water Conservancy District board voted unanimously on Thursday to close Totten Lake to all boating to prevent contamination by non-native quagga and zebra mussels. The mussels, which...

DATE: March 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Efforts to bring Lake Nighthorse water to the thirsty begin

After years of planning, a key constituent to water security in southwest La Plata County is on its way. A 4.6-mile pipeline that will carry water from Lake Nighthorse to Lake Durango went to bid...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwestern Water hears proposals for Dryside irrigation

Options to pump Animas River water to Redmesa for irrigation were recently floated to the Southwestern Water Conservation District, though none of the projects have funding. The proposals would...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Billing system crash causes problems with Cortez water

An unusually high number of Cortez residents received overdue notices for their water bills in November, after the city switched to a new billing software. In August, the city’s water department...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos considers options to improve wastewater operations

Town of Mancos officials are addressing several issues to improve the town’s water infrastructure. A contractor and engineer are visiting town this week to inspect the wastewater treatment plant,...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Utes nudge Obama on monument and water

Ute Mountain Ute leaders traveled to Washington this week to attend President Barack Obama’s eighth annual White House Tribal Nations Conference. Tribal Chairman Manuel Heart and councilwoman...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News