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DENVER -- Denver Water Board customers cut consumption by
18 percent from June through last week, far below the 30 percent
target set by utility officials.
Water Board managers said they are developing plans for more
substantial savings if the drought continues next year.
``Next summer, we're hoping we can do things differently,'' said
Leslie Parker, co-coordinator for drought response for the utility,
the state's largest with 1.1 million customers.
Proposals include a ban on all outdoor watering if reservoirs drop
to 40 percent of capacity by July. The reservoirs now stand at 49
percent of capacity, compared with an average of 70 percent at this
time of year.
Before an outright ban, the board could restrict watering to two
days a week, giving each address one weekday and one weekend day to
Watering times may be coordinated with other Front Range cities,
with a ban during certain hours.
Another proposal would set water budgets for homes, based on lot
size and other factors. Overuse would produce stiff penalties.
``We ought to be moving in this direction, but it's going to be
very hard to get there by next summer,'' said Water Board Manger
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