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DENVER -- Big water providers serving Colorado Springs, Aurora and Denver all have watering restrictions in place through September, restrictions which only allow for watering two days per week, based on the last number of your street address.

Denver Water has Stage 2 restrictions in place, letting residents water either Sunday/Thursday or Wednesday/Saturday, before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. The utility has Drought Patrol Agents rolling through neighborhoods checking to see if people are watering out of cycle. In most areas, there is no watering at all on Mondays.

“Since April 1, we have made a total of 4,622 stops for watering issues, 2,657 of them to educate residents, 19 to issue warnings and only 2 for fines,” said Jenny Knapp. “So, we think the program is working well as many seem to be trying to conserve in a very positive way.”

In Colorado Springs, the goal is to save 5.8 billion gallons of water by summer’s end… fines in that city: first stop a warning, second violation a $300 fine, third is a $400 fine and a fifth stop could get your water turned off. If you have questions about your city and what the restrictions might be, check out your city’s or water utilities web site.