Water conservation recommended
(Mar 07, 2013)
With a record hot and dry 2012 and below average snowpack in 2013, the cities of Westminster, Arvada, Federal Heights, Northglenn and Thornton, as well as South Adams County Water and Sanitation, and the City and County of Broomfield, are joining together to ask residents to reduce water use this year. Most water suppliers in the North Metro area depend on mountain snowpack for a majority of their water. Here are some recommended ways to reduce water use, save some money and protect future water supplies:
- Don’t turn on your sprinkler systems too early in the season. Leaving lawns dormant until May saves a significant amount of water. Water trees occasionally before the irrigation season if dry conditions persist.
- Water lawns no more than twice per week. Check with your water supplier for lawn watering rules.
- 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 monthly for leaks and other problems.
- If possible, delay new landscape installations for a non-drought year. Avoid installing landscaping during mid-summer. Incorporate water-wise plants when planning renovations or installations.
- Raise your lawn mower blade. Protect your lawn’s roots from heat by letting grass grow longer.
- Limit other outdoor water uses. Sweep driveways and sidewalks with a broom. Always use a nozzle on your hose when watering landscape.
- 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.
- Know your water use. Check your water bill regularly to track use. Contact your water supplier for ways to identify and solve increased water use issues.
- Check with your water supplier for specific water use rules and conservation programs.