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  1. 4/29/2016 SUMMER WATERING RULES AND TIPS
  2. Colorado’s snow-packed mountains will fill our reservoirs, but remember that we live in a semiarid climate and must use water wisely. By using only the water you need, you can help minimize impacts to reservoirs during the hottest months of summer when reservoir levels begin to drop. Below you will find watering tips and tools to help you use only what you need.

     

    Watering Tips

     

    • Water during cooler times of day - lawn watering is NOT allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
    • Do not allow water to pool in gutters, streets and alleys
    • Do not waste water by letting it spray on concrete and asphalt
    • Repair leaking sprinkler systems within 10 days
    • Do not use spray irrigation while it is raining or during high winds

     

    Watering Days & Times

     

    Recommended watering times change as summer weather heats up and then cools down, so refer to the chart below. Watering grass two days a week should be sufficient during most of the summer. If needed, a third watering day can be added in extreme heat or during dry periods. Water trees and shrubs as needed, but not between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

     

    There are no assigned watering days, but never water more than three days a week.

     

     

     

    Minutes to water per zone

    (for lawns, based on three days per week)

    Fixed spray heads

    Rotor heads

    Rotary nozzles

    Manual sprinklers

    January – April

    Water trees and shrubs as needed.

    May

    12

    24

    30

    18

    June

    17

    35

    43

    26

    July

    18

    36

    45

    27

    August

    14

    27

    34

    20

    September

    11

    23

    28

    17

    October – December

    Water trees and shrubs as needed.

     

    Please keep in mind that these times are averages. Your water use should vary depending on rainfall and type of grass or plants, as well as shade and other characteristics of your yard.

     

    Remember, no watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

     

    For more precise information or if you have additional questions, please visit Denver Water’s Summer Watering Rules page or contact the Denver Water Conservation Section directly.  Denver Water can offer informed advice about landscaping and Xeriscape, fixing leaks, indoor water efficient fixtures, and more.

     

    E-mail:

    conservation@denverwater.org

    Phone:

    303-628-6343 Conservation Hotline

    Mail:

    Denver Water
    Conservation Section
    1600 W. 12th Ave.
    Denver, CO 80204