Effective immediately on June 26th, 2013 Denver Water has officially declared Denver‘s water situation has improved enough to be reduced from a Stage 2 drought to a Stage 1. Stage 2 drought restrictions had been in place since April 1st this year. The reduction to Stage 1 removes the two-day per week watering schedule. With Stage 1 you are now allowed a three-day per week watering schedule. The drought definitely isn’t over but the Denver Board of Water Commissioners has decided conditions have improved enough to be able to water one more day per week. Now that the snowpack has finally melted reservoirs have ended at about 92% full on average.
Stage 1 drought declaration comes with the following standards:
- 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.
- Do not waste water by letting it spray on concrete and asphalt.
- Repair leaking sprinkler systems within 10 days.
- Do not water while it is raining or during high winds.
For those looking for what the stages of drought are please see below. These can also be found on the Denver Water website here.
- Stage 1 Drought: A Stage 1 drought will alert customers that water supplies are below average and continued dry weather could lead to a Stage 2 drought declaration. Stage 1 calls for customers to voluntarily reduce water use.
- Stage 2 Drought: A Stage 2 drought imposes mandatory water use restrictions and requires a significant effort on the part of customers. Stage 2 water use restrictions will appear in the Operating Rules. A surcharge program may be used to support water use restrictions and help reduce customer water use. Customers who violate Stage 2 drought restrictions will be subject to increasing penalties, including the possibility of a flow restrictor or suspension of water service.
- Stage 3 Drought: A Stage 3 drought imposes mandatory water restrictions on Denver Water’s customers. Stage 3 drought restrictions are severe and will probably result in significant damage to or loss of landscapes. Customers who violate Stage 3 drought restrictions will be subject to increasing penalties at levels higher than in a Stage 2 drought, including the possibility of a flow restrictor or suspension of water service.
- Stage 4 Drought: A Stage 4 drought activates a rationing program for Denver Water’s customers. Conditions that would lead to a Stage 4 drought are highly unlikely. However, if conditions warrant, Denver Water may implement a rationing program for an indefinite period of time to ensure, to the extent possible, that there is adequate water for essential uses.