Water Conservation - Winter

Water Efficiency Rebate and Inspection Programs

You or your business may qualify for rebates and/or an indoor water conservation inspection 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.

Winter Water Use Efficiency and Conservation

Outside watering is not recommended after October 31, except trees and shrubs as necessary. The water conservation focus moves indoors for the next few months. The community goal of the voluntary program is to reduce 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. Always check with your water supplier for any additional lawn watering rules or any drought-related restrictions.


  • Flush toilets only when necessary, and never use a toilet as a wastebasket.
  • Spend five minutes or less in the shower. Showers use less water than baths.
  • Fix all leaky toilets, faucets, and pipes. Check for a leaky toilet by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank. If the color appears in the bowl after 30 minutes, the toilet is leaking. Check the water supply lines under your sink for damp spots or bulges in the hose, which may indicate a leak.
  • Install a low-flow showerhead.
  • Insulate your water heater and water pipes. Doing so will save energy and also will cut down on the amount of water that goes down the drain while waiting for hot water to flow.
  • Catch water in a bucket or watering can while waiting for hot or cold water to run. Use the water on plants.
  • Turn off the water while shaving, brushing your teeth, and lathering in the shower.

Kitchen and Laundry

  • Do not let water run while hand-washing dishes.
  • Wash only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher. Try to wash two fewer loads per week.
  • Wash vegetables and fruits in a bowl or basin using a vegetable brush instead of letting water run. Use the extra water on plants.
  • Soak dishes that need to be pre-rinsed instead of running them under water.
  • Scrape dishes instead of rinsing them off before putting them in the dishwasher.
  • Chill drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the faucet until the water is cold.
  • Defrost food in the refrigerator, not in a pan of water on the counter or in the sink.
  • Run garbage disposals only when necessary. Compost food waste instead.

Source: DenverWater.org

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. 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.

The City/County has 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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