Drought declared for metro Denver, voluntary water restrictions in place

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DENVER — Denver Water declared Wednesday that the Denver area is officially in a Stage 1 drought.

That means voluntary watering restrictions go into place immediately.

Here’s what officials ask you to do:
— Water only two days a week, and use a day of rain to skip watering
— Only water the areas of your yard that are dry. For example, if shady areas look fine, only water the dry areas that get the most sun exposure.
— Water early in the morning or in the evening to avoid evaporation.
— Adjust sprinkler systems throughout the summer, starting with using less water this spring. Don’t just set your sprinkler system once and forget about it.
— Water two minutes less.

Mandatory summer water restrictions go into effect May 1. Here are those rules:
— No lawn watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
— Do not water more than three days per week (there are no assigned days for watering).
— Do not waste water by allowing it 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 water while it is raining or during high winds.

More information is available here.

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