There's new water-wise rules in effect this year. The reason is simple—to responsibly use an extremely limited resource. Afterall, we’re a growing community in a semi-arid climate. And, we’ve learned that we can maintain vibrant, healthy landscapes in our community with responsible watering practices.
While we currently have nearly three years of customer demand in our storage reservoirs, it’s important to remember that up to 70% of our supply comes from the Colorado River Basin. This basin is a complex system of rivers, streams and reservoirs that serves over 40 million people in seven states. Unfortunately, it has been in drought conditions for twenty years.
We support using water wisely across our region, state and community. We’re committed to working together to account for shrinking water supplies, climate variability and a booming population.
Implementing the new water-wise rules is one way we can responsibly and efficiently use water for the benefit of our community, neighbors and our rivers.
There are six key water-wise rules you should know:
1. You may water up to three days a week. You choose the days.
2. May 1 to Oct. 15, run sprinklers before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
3. Do not let water pool or flow across the ground.
4. Repair leaking sprinkler systems within 10 days.
5. Use a shut-off nozzle when washing vehicles and equipment with a hose.
6. Only use water for cleaning outdoor surfaces, like driveways and sidewalks, to protect public health/safety.
Beginning April 1, flexible programs will be available for those establishing new lawns or requiring adjustments to scheduling because of complex systems, smart controllers or sandy soils.
Visit csu.org/waterwiserules for flexible program details and free resources and tools to help you be succesful with the new Water-wise Rules. You can also use My Usage in our online account program (My Account) to track your daily water use.
Thanks for using water wisely.