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New rules. Same Mission.   

natalie e  by  Natalie E.  on  3/3/2020

RotaryNozzle.4.jpgThere'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 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.


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Thursday, March 12, 2020  4:48 PM  BIG JAKE

Your all cooked.

Thursday, March 12, 2020  4:59 PM  Don Henley

Uhhh, this is all well and good, but what about those of us renting or leasing...?? We have no control over when the landowner or landlord fixes sprinklers that pool or water over the sidewalks and parking lots. Yet we have a duty to keep the lawn watered.

Making these into "rules" is just a waste of money toward enforcement, and a money grab for "permits" It will be a free-for-all for nasty neighbors to cry foul. Just make them guidelines, and let it be.

How about you start making commercial properties pay for their share??? My understanding is that they get cut rates for their high volume usage, while residential properties are assessed what's basically "penalty" fees for using more water. That's effed up.

Thursday, March 12, 2020  5:31 PM  km

Like serious, only 3 out of 7 days? Are you HIGH?!

That gap in days is going to dry the soil, causing the first of 3 waterings the next week to roll off the top soil, because it's dried and compacted.

Oh but wait you can't let water roll or pool.

But you also can't water your lawn enough to keep it aerated so it doesn't pool.

CSU, what's wrong with you?

Thursday, March 12, 2020  5:42 PM  Ya'll are dumb

Rule #6 does not make sense. It says “only use water for cleaning outdoor surfaces”. Does that mean don’t use water for anything else? Or are there somethings we should not use and only use water? I have no idea what is meant by that rule.

Thursday, March 12, 2020  6:46 PM  Nathan Stevens

This was not CSU. It was the liberal COS city council. We are limited by our storage capacity. If reservoirs are full, it shouldn't matter how much we use. Next our rates will go up due to lack of revenue since less water is being used.

Thursday, March 12, 2020  7:25 PM 

3 days are plenty. If you do not know how to water properly, go to and look for the Water Conservation Links and read, it is very good info on how to keep you lawn looking good in a dry region..

Thursday, March 12, 2020  8:01 PM  Big Dave

Big Jake. Colorado Springs is Republican

Thursday, March 12, 2020  9:09 PM  jj77

thought this was about watering !!!!!!

Thursday, March 12, 2020  9:16 PM  Big Dave

Have you ever tried watering a hilly lawn composed of clay soil without the water running downhill and flowing across the ground? Some of us don't have the money for landscaping. We're just trying hard to keep our neighborhoods looking good however we're able to.

Friday, March 13, 2020  7:52 AM 

We approve a billion+ water project to bring water into the community and then we restrict the usage, it doesn't make sense. You also tier the water usage and the charges to discourage use, again doesn't make sense. These 2 actions are responsible for making the city/yards look very unkempt and poorly maintained. Lower the price and sell more water! You restrict the supply so you can charge more.

Friday, March 13, 2020  9:43 AM  Steve

Over the past few years we have gotten more rain and snow and we are over flowing with water. Relax the tight grin and allow us to have nice lawns so we don’t look so getto. Good grief there is only a couple of people in my house and I still get charged over the tiers for water. Please relax about the lawns, make Colo older areas beautiful again. Jussayin

Saturday, March 14, 2020  12:39 PM  Darlene

Why does Colorado Springs keep allowing so much new construction, if we don't have enough water for the people/buildings/homes already here? As you said, this is a semi-arid climate, so don't allow unrestricted new construction!!

Saturday, March 14, 2020  2:13 PM  Terri

Wow,such negativity. If you have to move away because you can't stand restrictions, bye. You probably won't be missed. Everyone, no matter where they live, need to learn to use all natural resources moderately. Just because we have water reserves doesn't mean those reserves will be here in 6 months.

Sunday, March 15, 2020  10:13 AM  Karen

I sure hope that everyone who is complaining about the liberal city council will stop and reflect on how they voted when selecting city council. Enjoy the benefits of your vote. Stop complaining and start letting your representative know that you will be changing your vote if this kind of regulation persist.

Monday, March 16, 2020  11:26 AM  Addie Bumgarner

The answer is to vote the liberals out of office. They are only interested in growing the city in negative ways. Restrict development and stop using fake climate change to make life harder on tax paying homeowners. We do not currently have a water shortage and do not need to conserve when we have 3 years of storage. If you don't use the water, it will simply evaporate. Therefore, these rules at this time don't save any water. If we get to the point where we need to limit water, nobody will complain, and that will be the time for these type of Draconian rules.

Here are the liberals you want to vote out of office:

District 2: David Geislinger, District 3: Richard Skorman, District 4: Yolanda Avila, District 5: Jill Gaebler, At-large: Bill Murray, and At-large: Tom Strand

Monday, March 23, 2020  3:00 PM 

Colorado Springs Utilities as a very long track record of providing reliable and affordable utilities, including water. That history includes oversight by a long line of city council people and mayors who, while not perfect, have done a remarkable job of planning for future water needs. Thank you and keep up the good work.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020  8:18 AM  Andy Lyon

Shirley Toney, I removed your comment only because it's not a good idea to share all that personal information online. If you need help with your bill, please call 719-448-4800 and a representative will be happy to assist you. Thank you.

Wednesday, June 03, 2020  9:10 AM  Colorado Springs Utilities