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Decision nears on Colorado Springs water restrictions

City leaders to decide on 2 or 3 days weekly by April 1

Decision on Water Restrictions Near

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Some local landscapers have differing opinions about whether two or three days a week in water restrictions is best for sprinkler-treated lawns this summer.

While one landscaper recently told the Colorado Springs City Council that two days isn't enough, another said two days worked well during previously droughts, and will again.

"If we have another dry summer, two days a week will be tough and no one will like it," said Eric Moroski, owner of Weisburg Landscape and Maintenance.  "But it's certainly not something that will cause death.  We did two days a week (from) 2002 through 2004.  It wasn't that bad.  Everyone should remember what that was like."

The City Council and Utilities Board will decide the specifics of water restrictions before the effective date, April 1.

Restrictions will have a smaller effect on some of the biggest water users -- golf courses.  Most of them have lakes, wells and other water sources to rely on.

However, Patrick Miller, assistant golf pro at the Patty Jewett Golf Course, said a serious drought may bring some changes in water use.

"We wouldn't be able to water as long as we normally would," he said.  "We'd still be able to get water on the course.  It just wouldn't be as much as we'd like.  I don't even want to know how much (watering with) city water would cost."

Moroski said he'd like the city to develop a balanced approach to watering, instead of being vulnerable to extremes in the water supply.

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