Water use back to normal in MontroseResidents voluntarily cut back following drawdown in tower.
By: Ross Dolan, The Daily Republic
MONTROSE — Voluntary water cutbacks by residents Wednesday allowed the city of Montrose’s water supply to recover from demands caused by extremely hot weather, city Maintenance Supervisor Greg Scotting said Thursday.
Around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Scotting noticed that the city’s 70,000-gallon tank had fallen to around 50,000 gallons.
“We had requested people to restrict water use to only necessary use, and they did,” he said.
“I can’t say water levels dropped that drastically, but my water tower was draining faster than it was filling, and we usually don’t have that problem.”
“At 12:30 I was losing, but by 3:30 to 4 p.m. I was starting to gain again.”
Scotting said there hasn’t been a recurrence of the drawdown and the city’s tower has refilled.
He said the city was never in danger of running out of water Wednesday, but the drawdown had him concerned. Keeping the tower’s water level up is important for fire protection, Scotting said.
“If a fire came along, I’d drain that 50,000 gallons really fast,” Scotting said.
Scotting said the water demands were the highest he had seen in his two years with the city.