Water concerns for the Western Slope

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - It's been an unusually dry year for the Western Slope, which has led to water concerns in the Grand Valley.

The "Water in Colorado and the Grand Valley" presentation aims to help residents better understand those concerns and what they can do about it, as part of the Mesa County Libraries' "Water Week."

The presentation is an overview of where our water supplies come from, how we use water and the constraints on our water use. Experts say if we have another dry winter similar to this year's, there is a good chance we will see mandatory water restrictions next summer.

Hannah Holm-- the Water Center coordinator at Colorado Mesa University -- led the presentation, and she reminds us that "just because it's starting to cool off a little bit and we've had a few rains, the drought isn't over yet. We need to keep a very careful eye on the snow pack and really be careful with how we use water because the water that's in our reservoirs now might be what we're depending on next year."

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the program will be presented at the Fruita branch library, and on Thursday, Oct. 4, it will be at the Palisade branch. Both presentations will start at 6 p.m.

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