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  1. 5/11/2011 SUMMER WATERING RULES AND TIPS
  2. Colorado’s snow-packed mountains will fill our reservoirs, but remember that we live in a semiarid climate and must use water wisely.  By using only the water you need, you can help minimize impacts to reservoirs during the hottest months of summer when reservoir levels begin to drop.  Below you will find watering tips and tools to help you use only what you need.

    Denver Water’s summer water use rules begin May 1, but the utility encourages customers to pay attention to weather and lawn conditions before watering.
     
    Half of a household’s water use goes to outside watering. Most lawns don’t need as much water as you might think. Watering your lawn two days a week should be sufficient during May and into June. 
     
    Watering Rules
     
    Water during cooler times of day - lawn watering is NOT allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
    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 use spray irrigation while it is raining or during high winds
     
    THESE RULES ARE MANDATORY AND PENALTIES WILL BE ENFORCED
     
    Penalties are:
    1st violation: Warning
    2nd violation: $50 fine
    3rd violation: $$100 fine
    Continued violations can result in suspension of service.
     
    The utility will continue to enforce its rules with a team of 12 Water Savers, including four on bikes.
      
    If you see water waste in one of Denver’s parks, call 3-1-1. To report waste elsewhere, call Denver Water at 303-628-6343.
     
    Colorado’s dry climate means everyone needs to take part to ensure adequate water supplies will be available well into the future. A small step like adjusting your watering times based on the weather is a great way to become more efficient. Denver Water’s long-term plan to secure water for the future includes encouraging water conservation as a permanent way of life for Denver residents and Denver Water’s suburban customers.
     
    Watering Days & Times
     
    Recommended watering times change as summer weather heats up and then cools down, so refer to the chart below.  Watering grass two days a week should be sufficient during most of the summer.  If needed, a third watering day can be added in extreme heat or during dry periods.  Water trees and shrubs as needed, but not between 10 a.m.  and 6 p.m.
     
    There are no assigned watering days, but never water more than three days a week.
      
    Remember, no watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
     
    For tips, rebates, irrigation calculators and many more tools for saving water outdoors, including suggested watering times or if you have additional questions, please visit Denver Water’s Conservation Web page or contact the Denver Water Conservation Section directly.  Denver Water can offer informed advice about landscaping and Xeriscape, fixing leaks, indoor water efficient fixtures, and more. 
     
     
    E-mail:
    Phone:
    303-628-6343 Conservation Hotline
    Mail:
    Denver Water
    Conservation Section
    1600 W. 12th Ave.
    Denver, CO 80204