Puebloans encouraged to limit water use

Michelle San Miguel, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau/Telemundo Anchor, michelle.sanmiguel@krdo.com
POSTED: 11:14 PM MST Feb 24, 2013    UPDATED: 11:35 PM MST Feb 24, 2013 
PUEBLO, Colo. -

The weekend's snowstorm wasn't a drought-buster but every little bit helps. Colorado Springs is already planning water restrictions this summer. Pueblo doesn't have any mandatory restrictions yet. For now, Pueblo's Board of Water Works is urging people to conserve the amount of water they use.

Every drop of moisture helps increase the amount of water stored in Pueblo's reservoirs. But with little snowfall in Pueblo so far this year, there's not much snowpack in the mountains.

"We're at around the 60 percent of our snowpack for the year and that's where most of our drinking water comes from is that water that's stored by mother nature in the snowpack during the wintertime," said Paul Fanning of Pueblo's Board of Water Works.

Fanning says there's usually not much precipitation at this time of year. The good news is he says the best might still be to come.

Fanning said, "A lot of the snowstorms in Colorado, the big ones come in April and May so it's too early to really declare you know [an] emergency."

As of January, Pueblo's Board of Water Works had nearly 28,000 acre feet of water in storage- that's down by 35 percent from what it had during that time last year. For now, Fanning says people in Pueblo are encouraged to conserve water as they wait to see how much more moisture is in store for the Steel City.

Fanning says if this drought continues for another full season, there could be water restrictions in Pueblo by next year.