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Water Conservation - Fall/Winter

Water Efficiency Rebate and Audit Programs

You or your business may qualify for rebates and/or a water conservation audit if you receive treated water from the City and County of Broomfield! Making your home or business more water-efficient is good for the environment, may reduce your water and sewer bill, and saves energy, too.

Fall and Winter Water Use Efficiency and Conservation

As the summer irrigation season comes to an end, it is recommended that residents modify watering schedules to reflect the seasonal changes of fall and winter. The shorter days and cooler temperatures mean your lawn and garden will need watering less frequently and for shorter periods of time. Gradually reducing your watering over the next several weeks will "harden off" your plants for winter's cold. We do not recommend any outside watering after October 31, except trees and shrubs as necessary. The community goal of the voluntary program is to reduce outside water use by 10%. Following these guidelines will help us achieve this goal.

These general water conservation tips can help you and your city conserve water, especially during dry years. These best practices are supported by the cities within Boulder and Broomfield counties. Always check with your water supplier for any additional lawn watering rules or any drought-related restrictions.

  1. Water once a week. Make turf drought-tolerant.
    Water deeply once a week and supplement with rain to make grass roots grow deeper and go longer without water. For sprinkler systems, cycle run times to prevent runoff. Instead of setting a zone to run for 15 minutes, change it to water for five minutes once an hour over a three-hour period early in the morning.                    

    The watering duration and times per week should be gradually reduced to harden off the lawn and prepare it for winter. We do not recommend any outside watering (except trees, as necessary) after October 31.
  2. Don't water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
    When you water during the day, less water reaches your lawn. Water at night or in the early morning to prevent water loss caused by evaporation and wind.
  3. If it rains, water less.
    Watch the weather and adjust watering days and times accordingly. If you have a control clock, use rain sensors to shut off irrigation during rain events.
  4. Watch for irrigation leaks.
    Watch for broken sprinkler heads or damaged irrigation lines that waste water. Repair leaks quickly.
  5. Let grass grow longer before you cut it.
    Raise your lawnmower blade and protect your lawn from heat by letting grass grow longer.
  6. Water plants and trees, not sidewalks.
    Don’t spray down your driveway with water—use a broom.  Broken sprinkler heads getting your sidewalk wet?  Make sprinkler repairs and adjustments to keep water on your plants, turf, and trees.
  7. Install low-water landscape and irrigation.
    Avoid installing landscaping during the hottest months, especially in dry years. Fall is an appropriate time to install drought-resistant turf, trees, and xeric plants. Where possible, use low-water drip irrigation.

Check with your water supplier for any additional lawn watering rules.

Other Watering

New turf may need some irrigation until roots are established. All of Broomfield's customers are encouraged to water trees and shrubs as needed. Trees and shrubs in City and County parks will also be watered as needed. See more information about winter tree watering to maintain their health.

The request at this time is strictly for voluntary compliance. As always, Broomfield will be enforcing its Misuse of Treated Water Ordinance (excess application of water that results in a flow exceeding 5 gallons per minute leaving the property).

Any other water conservation measures that you can implement will be appreciated. Remember that a little effort and a little common sense will make a big difference in conserving this most valuable resource.

For more water conservation information, visit the related web links listed below, and stop by the City and County Building to pick up your Free Home Water Conservation Kit. It contains water-saving devices and instructions for your own personal home water audit.  

The City/County has also created a Water Conservation Hotline. The Hotline has up-to-date information and a voice mailbox that you can leave any questions you might have and/or any requests for additional information.  The HOTLINE NUMBER IS 303.438.6210.


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