A little rain isn't going to bring us out of this drought

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- You're probably seeing a good deal of moisture right now, but it doesn't mean we're out of the woods when it comes to drought conditions.

"We're well below our average rainfall," Melissa Pipkin, a Grand Junction resident, said. "The rain is always a blessing here."

Pipkin is very conscious when it comes to her water use -- which is why her yard is xeriscape.

"These plants grow in this kind of environment, they thrive and it helps you conserve the resources, the precious water resource that we need to conserve here in Western Colorado," Pipkin said.

That means drought or not, her yard looks pretty good all the time -- and it's saving water too.

"Most of our plants have really thrived," Pipkin said. "This is what they're used to is low water."

The City of Grand Junction reminding that if you're not like Pipkin and have grass, you still need to conserve, even when it's raining.

"Obviously you don't need to have your sprinklers on if it's raining outside," Ranki Kim, utilities director for the City of Grand Junction, said.

A good reminder that even though it's been raining, Grand Junction still has water restrictions in place. You're asked to only water once a week during the month of October. We are in an exceptional drought after all: "Looking at snow predictions, and right now, it's a little iffy," Kim said.

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