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Water Conservation - Summer

Water Efficiency Rebate and Audit Programs

You or your business may qualify for rebates and/or a water conservation audit if you receive treated water from the City and County of Broomfield! Making your home or business more water-efficient is good for the environment, may reduce your water and sewer bill, and saves energy, too.

Seasonal Lawn Watering Guidelines - 2014

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These eight water conservation tips can help you and your city conserve water, especially during dry years. These best practices are supported by the cities within Boulder and Broomfield counties. Always check with your water supplier for any additional lawn watering rules or any drought-related restrictions. As of July 2014, Broomfield does not have any mandatory watering restrictions in place.


  1. Wait to water.
    Don't turn on your sprinkler too early in the season. Leaving lawns dormant longer saves water. Hand water trees as needed when dry conditions persist.
  2. Water twice a week. Make turf drought-tolerant.
    Water deeply twice a week and supplement with rain to make grass roots grow deeper and go longer without water. For sprinkler systems, cycle run times to prevent runoff. Instead of setting a zone to run for 15 minutes, change it to water for five minutes once an hour over a three-hour period early in the morning.
  3. Don't water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
    When you water during the day, less water reaches your lawn. Water at night or in the early morning to prevent water loss caused by evaporation and wind.
  4. If it rains, water less.
    Watch the weather and adjust watering days and times accordingly. If you have a control clock, use rain sensors to shut off irrigation during rain events.
  5. Watch for irrigation leaks.
    Watch for broken sprinkler heads or damaged irrigation lines that waste water. Repair leaks quickly.
  6. Let grass grow longer before you cut it.
    Raise your lawnmower blade and protect your lawn from heat by letting grass grow longer.
  7. Water plants and trees, not sidewalks.
    Don’t spray down your driveway with water—use a broom.  Broken sprinkler heads getting your sidewalk wet?  Make sprinkler repairs and adjustments to keep water on your plants, turf, and trees.
  8. Install low-water landscape and irrigation.
    Avoid installing landscaping during the hottest months, especially in dry years.  When appropriate, install drought-resistant turf, trees, and xeric plants. Where possible, use low-water drip irrigation.

Check with Broomfield Public Works for any additional lawn watering rules.


Other Watering

If the next few months are hot and dry, new turf that was installed last fall may need some irrigation until roots are established. All of Broomfield's customers are encouraged to water trees and shrubs as needed. Trees and shrubs in City and County parks will also be watered as needed if conditions do turn hot and dry.

The request at this time is strictly for voluntary compliance. As always, Broomfield will be enforcing its Misuse of Treated Water Ordinance (excess application of water that results in a flow exceeding five gallons per minute leaving the property).

Any other water conservation measures that you can implement will be appreciated. Remember that a little effort and a little common sense will make a big difference in conserving this most valuable resource.

For more water conservation information, visit the related web links listed below, and stop by the City and County Building to pick up your Free Home Water Conservation Kit. It contains water-saving devices and instructions for your own personal home water audit.  

The City/County has also created a Water Conservation Hotline. The Hotline has up-to-date information and a voice mailbox that you can leave any questions you might have and/or any requests for additional information.  The HOTLINE NUMBER IS 303.438.6210.


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