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  1. 11/25/2005 Summer Watering Program for 2006
  2. Warm weather is here and it’s time to start thinking about water for lawns, gardens, and flower beds.

    On April 12th the Denver Board of Water Commissioners decided that customers of Denver Water, including Platte Canyon customers, will have watering restrictions this summer, but they will have more flexibility as to when they can water.

    Customers will no longer have to remember odd and even days because they can pick the days they want to water their lawns but they can water no more than three days a week.

    Customers will still not be allowed to water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., or in rainy and windy conditions. To reduce water waste, no water can be sprayed on sidewalks or on driveways and residents cannot let water run into gutters, streets, or storm drains.

    Denver Water said that customers should only use as much water as their lawns need and to help customers figure out exactly how much water that is, they will be mailing instructions on how long a lawn should be watered depending on where a person lives and what time of year it is. Additional information for determining the correct amount of water (in inches and minutes) is also available on Denver Water’s Website

    Due to these new watering rules, Denver Water won’t be using roving water monitoring crews to observe who is abiding by the restrictions so they will rely on neighbors to monitor who is over watering. Chips Barry, Manager of the Denver Water Department, explained the reasoning behind this decision; “Obviously, it’s too difficult if you get to select your days for us to go out and say, ‘Oh, you’re watering on Tuesday, you’re supposed to be watering on Monday.’ We’re not going to be doing that. If somebody calls us and says, ‘My neighbor has watered every day for the last two weeks,’ we’ll send somebody out to talk to that person.”

    Monetary penalties for water waste are still in effect this summer. The first violation gets a warning, the second costs $50, the third costs $100, and continued violations may result in suspension of service.

    Last summer, Denver Water customers reduced water use by 20 percent and the board wants to keep it that way. The more flexible water restrictions will be in effect from May 1 to September 30.

    For additional information on Denver Water’s Summer Use Program please visit www.denverwater.org/drought/summerwateringrestrictions.html