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Thornton Downgrades Drought Status

THORNTON, Colo. (CBS4)– Thanks to some cooperation from Mother Nature the City of Thornton is revising its drought restrictions.

Thornton has downgraded from Stage 2 Drought Warning status to normal water supply conditions.

“Water supply conditions and current demand patterns indicate that Thornton’s July 1 reservoir storage will be over 80 percent of capacity, within the target range necessary for normal water supply operations,” said Thornton Water Resources Manager Emily Hunt. “This indicates that Thornton’s water supply has recovered from the drought, and that current conditions warrant reducing the drought stage from Stage 2 Drought Warning to normal.”

At the beginning of the year Thornton’s reservoir levels were below normal but the combination of spring snows, resulting runoff, mandatory water restrictions and a cool, wet April and May all contributed to water supply recovery.

Despite a return to normal status, residents are urged to keep water conservation practices in mind.

“With the recent hot temperatures and only occasional rain, cautious management of Thornton’s water supply should continue,” said Hunt.

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