Some depleted water reserves in Colorado are still recovering from one of the worst dry spells on record.
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports the Ute District Water Conservancy District, which provides water for the Grand Junction area in western Colorado, announced Wednesday that most of Mesa County is now considered "normal," with the southern part of the county still experiencing "abnormal dryness."
At the end of last September, the entire county was in extreme or exceptional drought, the two worst categories on the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Ute Water Conservancy District spokeswoman Andrea Lopez says Mesa County residents should continue to conserve water whenever possible to make sure there's enough for future dry years.
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