After months of dry conditions across Colorado, it’s more important than ever to use water efficiently. According to experts, the dry soils of the mountains are expected to absorb a significant part of the spring runoff before the water can reach our reservoirs in the metropolitan area.

That is why the authorities are calling for compliance with the rules of outdoor water use for the summer in order to help preserve deposit levels and reduce the risk that additional water restrictions will be needed in the future.

In Denver, outdoor watering rules are in effect from May 1 to October 1.

Here are some of the rules Denver residents must follow during the summer:

  • Water during the coolest hours of the day – no lawn watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Don’t water more than three days a week.
  • Do not allow water to collect in sewers, streets, and alleys.
  • Don’t waste water by letting it spray on concrete and asphalt.
  • Repair leaking irrigation systems within 10 days.
  • Do not water while it is raining or during high winds.
  • Use a hose nozzle with a shutoff valve when washing your car.

In Aurora, the irrigation rules for the summer are in effect from May 1 to September 30.

Between 10 am and 6 pm:

  • It is forbidden to water the lawn (grass), including the use of a hose with a connected sprinkler.
  • It is allowed to hand water the gardens with flowers or vegetables during these hours.
  • Watering more than three days a week is prohibited throughout the year.
  • The accumulation of water in sewers, streets or alleys is not allowed.
  • Permits are required to install new lawns, seed systems, and irrigation systems. Call 303.739.7195 or visit here for an application and additional information.
  • You should check your irrigation system at the beginning of each month to ensure that everything is working properly and that you are not watering concrete or asphalt.
  • It should not be watered when it is raining or when there are strong winds. Aurora Water offers discounts if they use rain sensors and smart controllers.
  • When washing the car or watering your garden, you should use a hose with a nozzle and shut-off valve.

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