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  2. Warm weather is here and it’s time to start thinking about water for lawns, gardens, and flower beds.

    On April 18th the Denver Board of Water Commissioners decided that customers of Denver Water, including Platte Canyon/Southwest Metropolitan customers, will continue to have watering restrictions this summer in order to discourage water waste and foster water conservation and efficiency as a normal way of life.

    Denver Water’s summer watering program begins May 1 and runs through August 30. While this year’s rules aren’t as strict as the drought restrictions of 2002 through 2004, they are mandatory, and failure to comply can result in fines.

    2007 rules are the same as last year’s:

    • Lawn watering is limited to no more than three days per week, selected at customer’s discretion, and only as much as the landscape needs.
    • No watering from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Applying more water than is reasonably necessary to establish and maintain a healthy landscape is not allowed.
    • No watering landscaped areas during rain or high wind.
    • Applying water intended for irrigation to an impervious surface, such as a street, parking lot, alley, sidewalk or driveway is prohibited.
    • Allowing water to pool or flow across the ground or into any drainage way, such as gutters, streets, alleys or storm drains, is prohibited.
    • Customers are required to repair leaking or damaged irrigation components within 10 days after notice.

    Penalties for water waste are in effect year round. The first violation gets a warning; the second costs $50; the third costs $100, and continued violations may result in suspension of water service.

    District customers will receive a brochure by mail that provides instructions for the 2007 Summer Water Use Program as well as helpful information for determining the correct amount of water--in inches and minutes--that should be applied to landscapes.

    "Even with adequate supply, we must continue to use water wisely and remember the needs of other communities, the environment and future generations," said Chips Barry, manager of Denver Water. "When we conserve, we save much more than water."

    The summer program is one of several elements of Tap-Smart, Denver Water’s new and ambitious conservation initiative for Denver Water’s service area in which all citizens, businesses and government work together with a common purpose of using water efficiently.

    Denver Water customers have shown a continued commitment to eliminating water waste since the record-setting drought of 2002. Last summer, customers' wise water use led to an overall reduction of 18 percent as compared to pre-drought levels. Denver Water would like to see a permanent reduction of 22 percent or more and plans to develop more Tap-Smart programs that encourage continued savings by offering more education programs, tools, rebates and other incentives.

    For additional information on Denver Water’s Summer Use Program please visit Denver Water’s website by clicking here.