Low flows could trigger watering restrictions
By Trevor Giles, Dillon utilities superintendent
The main source of drinking water for the Town of Dillon is Straight Creek. Straight Creek begins at the top of the Continental Divide above the Eisenhower Johnson Tunnels, and flows down along I-70 into Dillon Valley. Projects to protect the water quality in Straight Creek include fire mitigation, sediment collection and barriers. Rapid response to hazardous materials spills is also critically important for Dillon’s water supply.
The Town of Dillon shares Straight Creek and the diversion with Dillon Valley Metropolitan District. The flows in Straight Creek are above levels that we saw in 2002 but they are still 73 percent below normal. Based on historical records we feel that trend will continue into the fall. The Town of Dillon currently does not have any raw water storage that is connected to the town such as a lake or reservoir. (more…)