Aspen enacts mandatory stage 2 water restrictions for first time ever

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Extremely low water levels have forced the city of Aspen to declare a stage 2 water shortage for the first time in history.

The Aspen Times reports Aspen City Council approved the move Monday. Aspen Utilities Portfolio Manager Margaret Medellin says she anticipates stage 2 restrictions to remain in effect indefinitely.

Under the restrictions, Aspen water customers must not water lawns more than three days a week and no more than 30 minutes per sprinkler zone per day.

Restrictions also include no watering native areas more than two days a week and no watering lawns between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Violators will be issued a notice to correct the infraction. If it's not corrected, a first offense carries a $500 fine. Subsequent offenses could result in additional $500 fines or disconnection of water service.

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Information from: The Aspen Times, http://www.aspentimes.com/

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