Snowpack peaked at over 90 percent in Denver's watersheds

Stage 2 drought restrictions remain in effect

DENVER - The snowpack in Denver's two watersheds peaked at over 90 percent of the annual average this year, but Denver Water says it will be keeping Stage 2 drought restrictions in effect.

The utility says the snowpack above the South Platte River watershed reached 92 percent of the average peak, and the Colorado River watershed reached 91 percent of the average peak.

"While not all of this snow will make its way into our reservoirs as water, we are excited to see the snowpack levels at a more normal level," Denver Water posted on their website.

Because of that uncertainty, Denver Water said it will be more responsible to continue with Stage 2 drought restrictions. Droughts, they say, typically last for several years.

"It is too early to say if the wet April weather was an anomaly, or the beginning of a new trend," Denver Water wrote.

A chart posted by Denver Water shows the decline in reservoir levels ended during the wet month of April and even started to tick upwards. Still, the levels remain below the levels during May of 2002 and about 50,000 acre-feet of water below an average May.

-- Read Denver Water's full drought update: http://ch7ne.ws/19kX4zP

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