How to Conserve Water
Here are some recommended ways to reduce water use, save some money and protect future water supplies:
- Water lawns no more than two times per week under normal conditions. Add a third day in extreme heat. Spreading out watering days helps lawns grow deeper, drought-tolerant roots.
- If it rains, water less. Watch the weather and adjust watering days and times accordingly.
- Do not water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Watering during the day results in less water reaching your lawn due to evaporation and afternoon winds.
- Check your irrigation system at least once a month for leaks and other problems.
- When you water at night, it can be difficult to see problems. Running each zone for a few minutes during the day once monthly will reveal needed repairs.
- Raise your lawn mower blade. Protect your lawn’s roots from heat by letting grass grow a little longer.
- Limit other outdoor water uses. Sweep driveways and sidewalks with a broom. Always use a nozzle on your hose when watering landscape or washing your car.
- Check your home and repair water leaks. Place a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank and wait 10 minutes. If the water in the bowl turns color you have a leak. Replacing the flapper or other easy adjustments will generally solve the problem at little or no cost. Don’t forget to check showers and sinks for leaks as well.
- Know your water use. Check your water bill regularly to track use. Contact your water supplier for ways to identify and solve higher than normal water use issues.
Broomfield is joining the cities of Arvada, Federal Heights, Northglenn, Thornton and Westminster, as well as South Adams County Water and Sanitation, to ask residents to use water more efficiently this summer.
Most water suppliers in the North Metro area depend on mountain snowpack for a majority of their water. Below-average snowfall has meant less water for 2012 and possibly 2013. Plus, a warmer spring has jump-started the lawn-watering season, prompting higher water use.