Water-wise rules

 Water-wise rules

We've adopted permanent water-wise rules for landscape watering to support the smart use of water in our community. Efficient water use today helps us ensure a reliable supply for the future.
 
City Council approved the new ordinance at the Dec. 19, 2019 meeting, and the ordinance is now in effect.
 
Key changes include:
  • You may water with sprinklers up to three days a week of your choice. 
  • From May 1 to October 15, sprinklers can be operated before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. Sprinklers can be operated at any time of day before May 1 and after October 15.
  • Drip irrigation, watering cans, and hose watering with a  shut-off nozzle are allowed at any time.

Water allocation plans are available for customers who need more watering schedule flexibility. More information will be available April 1.

Establishment permits are required for customers who need to temporarily water more than three days a week to establish new landscapes.
 
Broken or leaking sprinkler systems are required to be fixed within 10 days. Water runoff from irrigation flowing across the ground, street or sidewalk is prohibited.
 
Here are resources to help you with your sprinkler system:
We live in a semi-arid environment where water is a limited resource. The Integrated Water Resource Plan, approved by the Utilities Board in 2017, includes water efficiency as a source of future supply. The ordinance changes are expected to meet 10 percent of the efficiency goal and align us with other Front Range cities. Water-wise rules are considered foundational water practices in Colorado.