MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT
APRIL 1-SEPTEMBER 30, 2013
The City Council adopted mandatory water restrictions effective April 1-September 30, 2013. These restrictions are necessary due to the low reserves in river basins and reservoirs, as wells as severe state-wide drought conditions. Northern Colorado Water Conservation District (NCWCD) is the agency responsible for regulating our City’s water supply. The agency annually establishes a water quota of the Colorado Big Thompson (C-BT) water supply.
Learn more about local water restrictions.
Follow these helpful water saving tips and and you'll see that it is possible to have a beautiful lawn and garden, even during times of water restrictions.
- Check irrigation system monthly, or at the very least, quarterly. Make sure that you do not have any broken valves, sprinkler heads or pipes. One small leak in one sprinkler head can waste a lot of water.
- Consider removing some of the lawn and replacing it with drought-tolerant perennials.
- Do not water on windy days, as much more water is lost to evaporation than makes it down into the soil.
- Aerate and top-dress with compost at least once a year (but not in the middle of a severe drought). This improves the water-holding capacity of the soil, meaning less runoff.
- Mulching the beds with at least three inches of organic mulch in the spring. Shredded, composted leaves, shredded bark, grass clippings or shredded newspapers are good mulches to aid with water retention.
- Using drip irrigation, or hand-water plants in the garden. This will allow you to put water directly at the root zone of the plants, and will make you use water more efficiently.
- Watering the soil directly around the plants instead of over them. Plants cannot take in water through their leaves, so any water that lands on the leaves will just evaporate.
Water Conservation Plan & Resources
The City of Dacono adopted a Water Conservation Plan in accordance with the Water Conservation Act of 2004 to meet the provisions of Colorado Revised Statute section 37-60-126.
Additional water conservation resources: