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DENVER -- Beginning April 1, Denver residents will be restricted to watering two days a week, the Denver Board of Water Commissioners announced Thursday.

“We’ve never seen conditions like this, and we are concerned about our water supply,” said Jim Lochhead, CEO/manager of Denver Water. “Our reservoirs haven’t been full since July 2011. We need our customers’ help to reduce water use and keep as much water as possible in storage as we move through this year and into the next.”

Denver Water customers will only be allowed to water on the following schedule:

  • Single-family residential properties with even-numbered addresses: Sunday, Thursday
  • Single-family residential properties with odd-numbered addresses: Saturday, Wednesday
  • All other properties (multi-family, HOA, commercial, industrial, government): Tuesday, Friday

Customers will be subject to numerous other rules, including a ban on watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The board also seemed to indicate that a rate hike may be introduced this May “to encourage customers to use even less water and help reduce revenue loss.”

“This year, we all must do our part to save water indoors and outdoors,” said Lochhead. “Together, we need to save 50,000 acre-feet of water, or 16 billion gallons, by April 2014.”

Snowpack in the South Platte and Colorado River basins, from which Denver Water receives its water, are at 53 percent of average and 68 percent of average, respectively, the board said.

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