Steamboat water restrictions end Saturday |

Steamboat water restrictions end Saturday

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The rainy fall season has arrived in Steamboat Springs, and local water providers are ending water restrictions beginning Saturday.

The restrictions had impacted customers of the city of Steamboat Springs, Mount Werner Water District, Steamboat II Metro District and Tree Haus Metro District.

"With the lifting of Stage 2 water restrictions, we are asking residents to continue to consider how they are using water both inside and outside their homes," said Frank Alfone, general manager of the Mount Werner Water District, in a news release. "Together, we can continue to conserve water over the fall and winter, helping put us in a better position come spring."

The restrictions impacted when residents could water their lawns.

According to water officials, the restrictions helped conserve water use through the summer months.

That was significant because Yampa River stream flows dropped lower than they did last summer, forcing a voluntary river closure Aug. 31.

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"We want to thank residents and businesses for their compliance, which allowed us to reduce water consumption by 15 percent," city of Steamboat Springs public works director Jon Snyder said in the news release. "That represents over 180 acre-feet of water conserved."

Mount Werner Water and the city are still offering rebates to people who replace their toilets, dishwasher and washing machines with ones that conserve water.

People interested in the rebates can contact Mt. Werner Water at 970-879-2424 or the city at 970-879-2060.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.

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