It's certainly been a dry summer as Mesa County and much of Colorado is in a drought situation. The last major drought with severe consequences was in 1977 and since that time, water providers have prepared for the future by learning from the past. Nearly 30 years later, Grand Valley water suppliers still think back to the 1977 drought, searching for ways to avoid such a situation again.
It's now mid July and for the year the Grand Valley is more than 2-inches below normal precipitation levels, however, for the Grand Valley's four water providers, supplies are right where they should be. While things may be okay now, a serious drought is inevitable, so for water providers it's all about looking ahead. Ute Water Conservancy District is buying water for 40 years down the road and also working on expansion projects for reservoirs as well.