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About the DroughtWater Drop

In Colorado, approximately 80 percent of our water supplies come from melting snow pack. And, the current snow pack level is following the same pattern as the 2002 drought leaving our reservoir storage amounts at well below normal levels. The current level is insufficient to provide normal water supplies to urban and rural areas. Consequently, even with a few large spring snowstorms, it is unlikely regional water supplies will recover to average conditions.

Droughts are unpredictable and can last anywhere from a few months to a few decades. Drought conditions in Colorado are forecast to persist or intensify throughout the spring for most of our State, including the Front Range. While we hope that the forecast is wrong and the coming months prove to be filled with moisture, the time to prepare for drought is upon us.

Drought Information Update:  Denver Water Board Moves to Stage 1 Drought Response; Customers Still Asked to Save Water     

Effective June 26, 2013, Denver Water adopted a resolution declaring a Stage 1 drought due to an unexpectedly wet spring and citizens’ reduced water use. The Stage 1 Drought declaration removes the two-day-per-week assigned watering schedule and drought pricing entirely.  Customers may water no more than three days per week and must follow Denver Water’s annual watering rules. Residents and businesses receive their water from a number of water districts, all of which adheres to Denver Water’s watering guidelines. 

In response to the Stage 1 drought declaration, Denver Water is asking its customers to reduce outdoor watering and follow the standard annual 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.
  • Do not waste water by letting it spray on concrete and asphalt.
  • Repair leaking sprinkler systems within 10 days.

Other Watering Tips:

  • Do not water while it is raining or during high winds.
  • Use a day of rain to skip watering.
  • Only water the areas of your yard that are dry  
  • Water two minutes less.

For more information on the mandatory water restrictions or for other conservation tips, please visit www.denverwater.org. To report water waste, please call 303-893-2444. 
Within the City of Greenwood Village, there are several water districts that provide water service to residents. Most of the districts follow what Denver Water has implemented and enforces for a Stage 1 Drought response. To locate and contact the water district you are located in, see the attached water district map. In addition: There are several rebate opportunities that some water districts have implemented, please check with your district to see what opportunities are offered in your area.

Please note that lawn watering is not permitted between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Lawn watering is prohibited from October 1 thru March 31.

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