Stage 1 Watering restriction enforcement to end In Denver October 1

Water patrols, fines to stop Monday

DENVER - Denver Water will stop enforcing Stage 1 watering restrictions starting on Monday, Oct. 1.

The summer watering rules went into effect in May after the watering district declared the city to be in a drought.

Denver Water threatened violators with fines, some as high as $100. Repeat offenders could also have faced the suspension of their water service.

Records from the agency showed it issued nearly 6,000 warnings, but only handed out 20 fines for violating the Stage 1 rules.  

Under the Stage 1 watering restrictions, users could only water three-days each week and couldn’t water lawns between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but the water agency never specified which day’s users could water.

Denver Water spokeswoman Stacy Chesney told 7NEWS, “We’re still in a drought, so as irrigation season wraps up we want people to start thinking about saving water indoors.”

Chesney said Denver Water users could qualify for a rebate if they install high efficiency toilets or water saving washing machines.

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Because of the hot and dry summer, she added, local reservoirs didn’t fill up. Therefore, this winter's snowpack could impact watering next summer.

The National Weather Service said this summer was hottest summer ever recorded for Denver since it began tracking temperatures.

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