Voluntary water restrictions in effect

 Voluntary water restrictions in effect

​Congratulations and thank you! By using water wisely, you helped us meet this year’s community water savings goal of 5.8 billion gallons compared to 2012 water use.

As of Jan. 1, 2014 the Colorado Springs Water Shortage Ordinance will reset to Stage I shortage (watch), meaning mandatory restrictions are no longer in effect.

The water shortage surcharge also expires, although tiered pricing is applicable throughout the year.

Stage I shortage (watch)

While mandatory restrictions have ended for now, please continue to use only the water you need. You may monitor your water and energy use by logging in to  My Account and clicking on My Usage.

During a Stage I shortage, water customers are encouraged to use voluntary water conservation measures.

  • Customers may water as many days as they wish; however, during winter, irrigate lawns, shrubs and trees only once or twice a month on warm days. This is a water-wise way to keep landscapes hydrated and give them a better chance of rebounding in the spring.
  • Avoid applying water or letting water pool on impervious surfaces, such as a patios, streets, parking lots, alleys, sidewalks or driveways. 
  • Use a positive shut-off nozzle when irrigating landscapes and washing vehicles. 
  • Be sure to check for water leaks regularly and fix them as soon as possible.
  • Restaurants, hotels, cafes, cafeterias or other public places where food is served are encouraged to serve drinking water only upon request.

Review the entire Water Shortage Ordinance (Stage I shortage starts on p. 5).

Water outlook 

Drought will be an ongoing challenge for Colorado Springs. We are pursuing options for boosting supply where and when possible, but the water drops we don’t use are still the most important.

Looking forward, our water outlook is still uncertain. While drought status has been removed from Colorado Springs and snow pack is accumulating in the mountains, the amount of water we will collect is unknown until melting begins in spring.

We plan to provide 2014 Water Shortage Ordinance recommendations to the Utilities Board in March.