Snow continues to pile up in Colorado’s high country, while Colorado Springs is below normal for snowfall so far this winter. Experts say the snow is falling in the right place to help build up Colorado Springs’ water supply.
“Probably the best year we’ve had in 6 years or better,” according to Colorado Springs Utilities Engineer Kevin Lusk.
Lusk estimates only 20 percent of the city’s water supply comes from the immediate area. Rivers and reservoirs near Breckenridge, Vail, Aspen and Buena Vista supply Colorado Springs with most of its water. Lusk says snow pack levels range 114 to 160 percent of average in most of those areas.
“We don’t expect that we’ll have to be under mandatory water restrictions this coming years,” says Lusk.
Lusk says storage levels in reservoirs are also in good shape, averaging about 68 percent of capacity. He expects that number to go up also, as all that snow melts this spring.
The Board of Water Works of Pueblo reports Pueblo is also in good shape. Pueblo gets most of its water from the Arkansas River. Snow pack levels in the Arkansas River Basin are at about 99 percent of average according to Paul Fanning with the board. Fanning also says they do have good storage levels in Colorado reservoirs as well.