FARMINGTON — The city of Aztec has announced that it will lift mandatory water restrictions starting Thursday.

Aztec has been under mandatory water restrictions since early July. The mandatory restrictions meant residents using municipal supplies were only able to water landscaping two days a week.

The city is continuing to ask residents to conserve water, however the water restrictions will be voluntary after Thursday.

Aztec’s move to lift the mandatory water restrictions comes one week after Farmington lifted its mandatory water restrictions.

Farmington cited improved drought conditions, recent snow in the mountains near Silverton, Colorado, and levels in the water storage as reasons for the restrictions to be lifted.

While the mandatory restrictions are being lifted, Aztec City Manager Steve Mueller said it is important for residents to remain in a conservation mindset.

“We know that unless we get a good snow pack this winter, we’re going to be in the same situation, if not worse, next spring and summer,” he said.

He said the reservoirs are currently filled and the city is looking at ways to address problems with leaks at reservoir one.

Mueller said Aztec chose to lift the mandatory restrictions because the levels in the Animas River have increased.

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Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at

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