Nearly 99% of Colorado is in a drought, with over 60% of the state being in at least a severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The lack of moisture has pushed Denver Water to apply what they call their statewide dry condition rules.
Beginning Saturday, Denver Water will have rules in place for outdoor water usage.
“The watering rules incorporate best practices for efficient outdoor water use that will help keep your landscape healthy,” Denver Water says.
Here are the new rules that are in place until Oct. 1:
- Water during cooler times of the day — lawn watering is NOT allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- Water no more than three days per week.
- Do not allow water to pool in gutters, streets, and alleys.
- Do not waste water by letting it spray on concrete and asphalt.
- Repair leaking sprinkler systems within 10 days.
- Do not irrigate while it is raining or during high winds.
- Use a hose nozzle with a shut-off valve when washing your car.
Denver Water expects dry mountain soils to absorb a significant portion of the spring runoff, leaving reservoirs a bit lighter than usual. The rules are in place — in part — to help preserve reservoir levels. They also caution that these rules could become the norm in the future rather than the exception.
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