For The First Time In City History, Aspen Declares Stage 2 Water Restrictions

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<p>The town of Aspen and Aspen Highlands Ski Resort.</p>
Town of Aspen
The town of Aspen and Aspen Highlands Ski Resort.

Extremely low water levels has forced the city of Aspen to declare a stage 2 water shortage for the first time in history.

The Aspen Times reports Aspen City Council approved the move Monday. Aspen Utilities Portfolio Manager Margaret Medellin says she anticipates stage 2 restrictions to remain in effect indefinitely.

Under the restrictions, Aspen water customers must not water lawns more than three days a week and no more than 30 minutes per sprinkler zone per day.

Restrictions also include no watering native areas more than two days a week and no watering lawns between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Violators will be issued a notice to correct the infraction. If it's not corrected, a first offense carries a $500 fine. Subsequent offenses could result in additional $500 fines or disconnection of water service.