Why The Video Looks Shaky (Don Ward)
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After several votes, the Colorado Springs City Council has approved a new water saver ordinance. On Tuesday, members heard the first reading on regulations that will determine how and when customers will water this summer.
If it passes on second reading, this season, we will start off exactly where last season ended with Stage Two water restrictions and twice-a-week watering.
There was a lot of back-and-forth at City Council Tuesday. Three motions failed, before a majority could agree on what water restrictions should look like. But here's what they came up with:
"City Council made a very responsible decision regarding the water shortage ordinance." This man wanted restrictions to start off even stricter, then let up, if enough water is available. "I think we can start slow, and then we can put it down a little faster if resources are available."
Colorado Springs Utilities ran through several different models to study water usage, and engineers have looked at the forecasts. CSU official Anna Seder says they are confident that starting at Stage Two Level B is the appropriate approach in mid-April.
Many of those against water restrictions work in the so-called "green industry"---landscapers and turf growers. If they can't plant sod, they can't make money. And one version of the ordinance threatened to take away as much as four months or half of their season.
"That's part of the reason we have a lot of fear about going into this year is that we only lost a month last year and lost 20 percent of our normal season," said Craig Giesbrecht of the Green Belt Turf Farm.
But after a lunchtime compromise, the "green industry" was able to get back one month. Giesbrecht says it's not a huge victory, but one they can live with. "That's exactly what were in this for right now is survival, and this today is one step closer to that for sure."
The second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for March 25. If it passes, the new water schedule will begin April 15.
For more information, go to the Colorado Springs Utilities web site: Water Saver Program
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Source: www.csu.org (Colorado Springs Utilities Web site) contributed to this report.
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