Water suppliers in the North Metro area depend on mountain snowpack for a majority of their water. Residents have worked hard to use this valuable resource efficiently. But when we have below average snowfall, that means less water. Couple that with a warm spring, which jump-starts the lawn watering season, and you have a much higher water use. Water suppliers are joining together to ask for your help.
Here are some recommended ways to reduce water use, save some money and protect future water supplies:
- Water lawns no more than two times per week. Add a third day in extreme heat. Spreading out watering days helps lawns grow deeper, drought-tolerant roots.
- If it rains, water less. Watch the weather and adjust watering days and times accordingly.
- Do not water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Watering during the day results in less water reaching your lawn due to evaporation and afternoon winds.
- Check your irrigation system at least once a month for leaks and other problems.
- When you water at night, it can be difficult to see problems. Running each zone for a few minutes during the day once monthly will reveal needed repairs.
- Raise your lawn mower blade. Protect your lawn’s roots from heat by letting grass grow a little longer.
- Limit other outdoor water uses. Sweep driveways and sidewalks with a broom. Always use a nozzle on your hose when watering landscape or washing your car.
- Check your home and repair water leaks. Place a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank and wait 10 minutes. If the water in the bowl turns color you have a leak. Replacing the flapper or other easy adjustments will generally solve the problem at little or no cost. Don’t forget to check showers and sinks for leaks as well.
- Know your water use. Check your water bill regularly to track use. Contact your water supplier for ways to identify and solve higher than normal water use issues.
Together we can minimize the effects of a low water year and help ensure we are sufficiently prepared with the best water supply possible.
Learn more about conservation
Indoor water conservation - information on maintaining your home’s plumbing system.
Outdoor water conservation - tips for keeping landscaping healthy during droughts, plant and tree care, and information on the Slow-the-Flow irrigation audit program.