Summer is coming to kill your grass. If you’re not ready to give up and zero-scape (as opposed to xeriscape!) that stuff, you’ll need to obey the Denver metro’s rules on lawn watering, which go into effect today, May 1.
- Water during cooler times of the day — lawn watering is not allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- Water no more than three days per week.
- Do not allow water 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 irrigate while it is raining or during high winds.
- Use a hose nozzle with a shut-off valve when washing your car.
- You can water at your leisure for 21 days after laying new seed or sod.
Breaking any of these rules can result in a fine, though Denver Water hasn’t actually fined anyone in the last two summers. The “Water Savers” patrol has, however, issued hundreds of violations in recent summers.
“We consider that a good thing,” wrote spokesman Travis Thompson, “because our goal is to educate customers about our watering rules.”
If you want to snitch on your wasteful neighbor, call 303-893-2444 or do it online.
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And if you need advice on how to conserve water while also not killing your lawn, the utility has you covered on that too.