Jun 4, 2012 7:55 PM by Lacey Steele

Water shortage in north Canon City is unusual

There's a water crisis in north Canon City caused by a problem they've never experienced, but we found out the people living there have the power to keep the water flowing.

It's something north Canon City hasn't seen before, and some people are worried they'll run out of water.

"I would tell people not to panic about this, and if they have any question, please call," said Deborah Marsicano, District Manager for the Park Center Water District.

The district can get water from wells they lease, but their usual source is gone.

The Pisgah Reservoir near Cripple Creek was drained for repairs and hasn't filled back up.

"I've not seen a water shortage quite this bad, but I think we're well prepared to meet it head on," said Marsicano.

About 4,000 people in north Canon City are in phase one of water conservation.

"We're asking people that use water for irrigation outside, water on odd/even days depending on their address," said Marsicano.

And do not water your grass between ten in the morning and six in the evening.

"If everybody would just cut their usage by ten to fifteen percent, we would have more than enough water without relying on purchasing water later," said Marsicano.

The district has heard concerns from some people, but says there isn't anything to worry about.

"The fact that we haven't had much rain and snow this winter, makes me pretty much certain we will have water shortages," said Frank, who lives in the northern part of Canon City.

"We're just simply cutting back," said Jim Maxon, who is also dealing with the water restrictions. "We water very frugally anyway with a drip system for all of our plants, and we just simply cut back the times a little bit."

So, if everyone cuts back a little bit, they say there will be enough water.

If the restrictions don't work, the Park Center Water District is looking into the cost of pumping in city water, and they say that could mean a small increase in water bills.



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