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  2. Yesterday's blizzard was welcome news for those looking for relief from the dry weather we have experienced this season but what does it really mean for Denver Water customers?

    With our good mountain snowpack and the continued conservation by our customers, it is expected that Denver Water will fill all of their reservoirs this year.  However, history has taught things can change quickly and that we always need our customers to use water wisely.

    As spring approaches, Denver’s water supply engineers continue to analyze snowpack, reservoir levels, weather patterns, soil moisture and other factors that ultimately determine the amount of water available for customers’ use.

    Reservoir levels have been kept high thanks in part to customers’ responsible use of water, one of the goal’s of Denver Water’s Tap+Smart program, which by 2016 aims to reduce overall water use to 22 percent below 2001 water use levels.

    The Tap+Smart program helps residential customers find more ways to save and make permanent changes in their water use habits. The program also has new water-efficiency provisions for commercial, industrial and institutional customers.

    Even with favorable supply conditions, Denver Water urges customers to “be Tap+Smart” and continue practicing wise water-use habits.

    "Water is a precious resource, particularly in the West where precipitation is limited," said Greg Fisher, Denver Water’s chief planner. "By being superior stewards of this resource today, we can help ensure adequate supplies for the future."

    Based on recent snowpack readings, there is a high likelihood that all of Denver Water’s reservoirs will fill with the spring runoff. Snowpack in the Denver’s South Platte basin was 72 percent of average on March 23. In Denver’s Colorado River watersheds, snowpack was 102 percent of normal.

    Denver’s reservoir system is 85 percent full. This time of year it is typically 81 percent full. In March 2003--when the drought was at its worst--the reservoir system was only 43 percent full. With abundant snowmelt comes the challenges of collecting the water for the future and putting it to good use. And, in one case, it also means helping reduce flood risks.

    Because of flood concerns, Denver Water closely monitors the snowpack above Dillon Reservoir which was not built for flood control, but operational adjustments can be made to try to store some of the peak runoff. Denver Water has done this in past high-water years to reduce the risk of flooding downstream of the dam.

    For more information on the Tap+Smart program and what steps you can take to conserve water, please visit Denver Water’s Conservation web page by clicking here.

    If you would like to follow the current reservoir levels, snowpack figures, and other statistics you can view this information by clicking here.