- 2015 Outdoor Water Use Rules
Outdoor watering rules and busting water misperceptions
It's time to talk about watering. Because about half of single-family residential use goes to outdoor watering, it’s the perfect time to establish more water-wise practices.
Denver Water’s team of Water Savers provides customers with tips and tools for efficient watering during the summer. Beginning May 1, our Water Savers will:
Remind you of our watering rules:
- Water during cooler times of the day to avoid evaporation — before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
- There is no need to water more than three days per week.
- Turn off your sprinklers when it’s windy because the water isn’t reaching its desired destination.
- Monitor your sprinkler system throughout the summer and immediately repair leaks. If your system runs at night — an ideal watering time — check your system after mowing to make sure everything is functioning properly.
- Use a nozzle with a shut-off valve on your hose when washing your car and gardening.
- Adjust sprinkler heads to avoid watering concrete or asphalt.
Help build awareness of your water usage:
- Landscapes don’t need the same amount of water in May as they do in July. Adjust watering schedules based on the season.
- It’s obvious why you should never water in the rain, but make sure the soil has dried before watering again.
- If water pools in gutters, streets and alleys, decrease watering times and use the cycle and soak method.
Water Savers will be in the community to also address misperceptions about watering. Check out Denver Water’s blog post, 5 summertime water misperceptions exposed, for more clarity on some common but inaccurate statements about water supply, rules and enforcement.