Orchard City's domestic water utility "is going to be sitting pretty good" with available raw water supplies this year, reports trustee Jimmie Boyd. "But if it's dry again next year, everyone will be scrambling for water," the retired water commissioner told his town board colleagues on May 9.
Boyd said that a share of Surface Creek Ditch and Reservoir will probably yield "between three and four second feet" this year. By way of comparison, in the bad drought year of 2002 one share of Surface Creek yielded 3.25 second feet, Boyd reported.
As of Boyd's report last week, Little Gem and Park reservoirs were full and spilling, and most Grand Mesa reservoirs still had ice cover.
The town is expected to have 160 to 170 acre-feet of reservoir water available.
Orchard City's water utility used 120 to 125 acre-feet in 2002, Boyd said. That will leave some 40 acre-feet for the town to rent to valley irrigators. No final decision on the price of that water had been made at the time of Boyd's report to the trustees.blog comments powered by Disqus