Animas-La Plata Project
As drought in the West worsens, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Colorado faces a dwindling water supply
Hay and corn production is down, and the Ute Mountain Ute Farm & Ranch Enterprise had to let go 50% of its employees, half of whom are tribal members who live in Towaoc, the tribe's headquarters and main town on their reservation.
Watering restrictions work. But only 53% of Colorado cities have them.
Outdoor use accounts for as much as half of all domestic water consumption and cities that tightened the spigot have significantly reduced per-person use. But permanent watering rules are just one conservation tool.