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DENVER -- The Denver Water Board has declared its
dought-induced water shortage over, with reservoirs at their highest
levels for any October since 1999.
Greg Fisher, the utility's chief planner, told the Rocky Mountain
News that healthy snows last winter, good summer and fall rains and
reduced demand have left reservoirs at 90 percent capacity. That is
three percentage points above the longterm average for October.
Denver Water resource engineer Bob Steger said customers should
still conserve but declared the drought "essentially over" for the
state's largest water utility.
Some parts of the state, however, are still struggling with the
A recently released U.S. Drought Monitor report released said much
of northeastern Colorado is suffering moderate to extreme drought
And although snow and rain have been heavier in the mountain
watersheds where Denver gathers its water, the city itself is on
course for one of the driest years in its history.
The National Weather Service had recorded 6.24 inches of
precipitation at Denver International Airport this year. The
long-term average is 15.81 inches.
In 2002, Denver had a record low 7.48 inches.
The possibility of a wet winter in the state is still unclear. The
federal Climate Prediction Center said Colorado is expected to have
warmer-than normal temperatures this winter but has equal chances for
a wetter- or drier-than-normal season.
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