DRIP members ask public to conserve water for drought conditions

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Mesa County water providers are concerned with current drought conditions. 2020 gave one of the worst droughts of all time.

Members of the Drought Response Information Project, or D.R.I.P., regularly monitor water levels year round, but make a priority to stay updated right before summer hits.

“We do have water reservoirs on the Grand Mesa that allows us to store water and carry that over in the event of a drought,” Randi Kim informs, “Our water storage levels are down, compared to previous years, but we do have enough water to address a drought.”

Harsh drought conditions can lead to a number of problems for the area from drying out crops to igniting wildfires.

“To help bring back runoff into watersheds like this, people can cut back on their running water at home,” Cora Dickey summarizes.

April is being observed as Water Conservation Month in the Grand Valley. D.R.I.P. members say saving water has a bigger picture in its impact.

“The main thing for people to remember is that every drop counts, so just conserving any bit of water, that’s something that can help it be redirected to certain things,” Megan Stackhouse adds, “We can just help keep those reservoirs full and, as a result, we can keep more water in our area.”

As of March 23, Mesa County’s drought status ranges from extreme to exceptional.

To add an incentive to the public saving water, D.R.I.P. members will be giving out prizes during Water Conservation Month, through The Wyland Foundation. Individuals who participate will be eligible to win prizes, which include free utilities for an entire year and gift cards for online home shopping. The grand prize is a Toyota Highlander car that will go to the charity of the winning city’s choice.

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