Water sign tells good news about customer usage
In late June, Colorado Springs Utilities installed a tall sign in Bancroft Park near the Garvin Cabin.
Updated every other week since then, it lets people see how the community is doing in terms of water usage during the warmer months of April to October.
“In light of the drought and water restriction efforts, we wanted to come up with a way to let people know what's going on,” said Utilities spokesperson Patrice Lehermeier.
The sign displays what she described as good news: Customers have been using considerably less water than the city enterprise believed was necessary to keep from dipping too far into its reserves.
The latest numbers show Utilities' desire for less than 5.3 billion gallons at this point. The actual usage number is 4.1 billion.
The information is illustrated via different-colored vinyl strips in side-by-side columns. One column is titled “Target Savings” and the other “Actual Savings.” Below them is a large image of “Dewey,” Utilities' water-drop mascot.
Updating the strips this week was Ian Bibb of the Sign Shop Ltd. - a Utilities contractor. “The savings have been phenomenal,” Bibb commented.
Both he and Lehermeier said the savings has been a combination of healthy rainfall and conscientious customers.
Although no one is saying the drought has lifted, Utilities did recently ease the watering restriction rules it had started the summer with. Residents still can only water twice a week, but can use more water without penalty than had been allowed.
Bancroft Park is one of six such sign locations in the city. Another on the Westside is Utilities' Conservation Center on Mesa Road.
The park was chosen because it's a “gathering place for people on the Westside,” Lehermeier said.
Plans call for the sign to be taken down in October.
Asked why the modernistic sign was put so close to a historic building (the cabin), she said that the issue “never came up” during placement discussions, but added that Utilities will probably choose a site farther from the structure in reinstalling the sign at the park next spring.
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