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Posted on: September 3, 2015

Gas line replacement in Old Town alleyways

Beginning Tuesday, September 8, Xcel Energy will be replacing a 6-inch gas line in the alley north of Emma and south of Chester, between Roosevelt and Gough. The new line will provide improved reliability and maintain a safe distribution system. This une...Read on...

Posted on: August 31, 2015

2015 Electronics Recycling Event

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Posted on: August 20, 2015

Hot temperatures may impact area water taste

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With a prolonged string of temperatures at or surpassing 90 degrees this summer, the water temperature in the reservoirs has raised to the point where an algae bloom has occurred. As algae die off, these small plants release natural compounds that give the water an unpleasant taste. In addition, tastes and smells generally become more pronounced in warm water.

The water treatment plant staff has begun adding activated carbon, a material similar to what is used in carbon filters, to minimize the disagreeable taste and odor. The natural compounds that produce the odor can be detected by the human nose at incredibly small levels around 8 parts per trillion. In addition, each person's sensitivity to tastes and odors varies, so some may still detect the odor after adjustments are made at the treatment plant.

The water is not harmful and meets all standards for purity; however, it is understandable when people become concerned when their water tastes different. Fortunately, we anticipate this event will end when outdoor temperatures begin to drop, likely in September. In the meantime, customers can use a carbon filter or refrigerate water in a pitcher to help minimize taste and smell.Read on...

Posted on: July 7, 2015

Doo good! Pick up dog doo. Protect streams.

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1. It spreads disease like Giardia and accounts for up to 20% of the bacteria in our waterways.

2. It hurts fish by adding nutrients which act like a fertilizer in streams making algae grow, and reducing oxygen levels.

3. It adds up! Locally there...Read on...

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Posted on: March 16, 2015

Waste water rate increase

Beginning April 2015, waste water rates will increase to begin funding necessary measures enabling Lafayette to comply with Colorado’s new Regulation 85. The average resident will see a 9-11% utility bill increase.

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Posted on: April 10, 2015

Lafayette's Permanent Water Conservation Guidelines

Now that Spring is here and everyone is getting their lawns, gardens and sprinkler systems ready, the City would like to remind everyone of the permanent water conservation ordinance guidelines.

Lafayette City Council enacted a permanent water conservation ordinance on November 6, 2013 putting in place watering restrictions to protect the City's water resources. It was determined that these practices are beneficial conservation practices for Lafayette regardless of drought conditions.

•No watering of outdoor landscaping between the hours of 10 am and 6pm except:
?Watering by hand with a hose equipped with an automatic shut-off valve ?City-owned golf course, athletic fields, and commercial agriculture

•Excessive overrun of water onto any area not covered by vegetation such as sidewalks, curbs, driveways, streets and other paved areas is prohibited

•Washing down paved areas such as driveways with a hose is not allowed

What does "hand watering" include?
Hand watering is the manual use of a hose equipped with an automatic shutoff nozzle. The hose must be attended at all times while water is running. Hand watering does not include attaching a hose to a sprinkler, manually operating an irrigation system, or placing a hose with running water on the ground.

Fines This ordinance applies to all City of Lafayette, in-city and out-of-city, municipal water customers. Fines will be assessed to water customers disregarding the permanent water conservation ordinance regulations.

1.Two warnings will be issued and the third infraction will result in a municipal summons
2.First conviction: mandatory minimum fine of $100 plus court costs 3.Second conviction: mandatory minimum fine of $250 plus court costs
4.Third conviction: mandatory minimum fine of $500 plus court costs

For questions regarding this ordinance, please call the Public Works Department at 303-661-1277.Read on...

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