Denver Water Continues Watering Restrictions, But Eases Surcharges

Denver Water’s supply situation has greatly improved since Stage 2 drought restrictions were put in place April 1, thanks to an unexpectedly wet spring and customers’ reduced water use. As a result, at its Wednesday, June 26 meeting, the Denver Board of Water Commissioners adopted a resolution declaring a Stage 1 drought — which removes the two-day-per-week assigned watering schedule — effective immediately. Customers may water no more than three days per week and must follow Denver Water’s annual watering rules.

The Stage 1 drought declaration removes drought pricing entirely. “While the drought is not over, conditions have improved enough that customers may water a third day, if their lawns need it,” said Greg Austin, president of the Denver Board of Water Commissioners.

Denver Water declared a Stage 2 drought on March 27, based on 60 percent snowpack, extremely dry conditions and lower-than-normal reservoirs. However, the snowpack in both of Denver Water’s watersheds ended up above 90 percent.

Stage 1 watering rules:

– Water no more than three days per week (there are no assigned days)

– Do not water lawns between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

– Do not waste water by allowing it to pool in gutters, streets and alleys.

Stage 1 drought fines

– First violation — warning

– Second violation — $50

– Third violation — $100


Read more about Denver water restrictions here. 


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