Denver Water relaxes watering restrictions from Stage 2 to Stage 1

DENVER - Denver Water says its water supply has improved, so it is canceling Stage 2 drought restrictions and implementing Stage 1 restrictions.

That means the 1.3 million Denver Water customers may water three days a week, instead of just two. The change is effect immediately.

Officials said an unexpectedly wet spring and customers' reduced water use made the change possible.

"While the drought is not over, conditions have improved enough that customers may water a third day, if their lawns need it," said Greg Austin, president of the Denver Board of Water Commissioners.
 
Denver Water declared a Stage 2 drought on March 27, based on 60 percent snowpack, extremely dry conditions and lower-than-normal reservoirs. However, the snowpack in both of Denver Water’s watersheds ended up above 90 percent.

Stage 1 watering rules:

- Water no more than three days per week (there are no assigned days)

- Do not water lawns between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

- Do not waste water by allowing it to pool in gutters, streets and alleys.

"Reservoir storage is only one indicator of drought, and our reservoir levels can drop quickly when we don’t get much rain and snow," said Jim Lochhead, CEO/manager of Denver Water. "To manage our water supply, we must consider the long-term outlook. Stage 1 drought restrictions will help maintain our reserves in case we are experiencing a series of dry years."