In 2002, Colorado only received 60% of the average annual precipitation. The State's Conservation and Drought Planning Department estimated that the financial impact on agriculture, tourism, and recreation during 2002 was $1.1 billion. Due to these severe conditions, Colorado Springs was put under mandatory water restrictions in 2002. In October of 2005, City Council lifted the restrictions, and asked local citizens to take part in voluntary water conservation. Current water restrictions for Colorado Springs can be found at www.csu.org.
Additional information is available at the following sites:
Colorado Drought Facts