Carbondale Water Restrictions Warn of Potential "Water Crisis"

Aug 6, 2018


One week ago, the Town of Carbondale inacted water restrictions. Will Grandbois, editor of The Sopris Sun, spoke with the town director of public works Kevin Schorzman to learn more.

• No outdoor irrigation between 10 a.m.  and 3:00 p.m.

• Properties with an address that ends in an even number or zero can water on even numbered days of the month. Properties with an address that ends in an odd number can water on odd numbered days of the month.

• No draining and refilling of swimming pools, hot tubs, spas or the like. 

• No washing of privately owned cars, other motor vehicles, trailers or boats except from a bucket. 

• No washing of sidewalks, driveways parking areas, tennis courts, patios or other paved areas.


Exceptions can be made for homeowners associations, large systems, drip irrigation, and commercial car washes.


The Town expects river levels to continue to decline which, in turn, may result in lower ditch flows than normal. Ditch users should be aware of this potential and take appropriate measures with their equipment.


Typically, during irrigation season, flows in the Crystal River are lowest in September and October. With the current drought conditions prevalent across the western part of Colorado, it is likely that that water supplies will continue to dwindle throughout the fall. Failure to adhere to these restrictions may result in the declaration of a “Water Crisis” which, among other things, would prohibit all outdoor irrigation.


Credit Town of Carbondale