Thirsty yard? Make sure you water by the rules, baby

Light some candles and dim the lights — it’s time for the smoothest summer watering rules you’ve ever seen … or heard.

July 14, 2017 | By: Jimmy Luthye

Baby, it’s hot outside. Denver just saw its driest June in 11 years, and summer watering season is in full swing. You know what that means …

It’s summer watering rules time. Awwww yeah, baby.

For nearly a century, Denver Water has provided guidelines to help you conquer watering season as efficiently as possible.

“Whether it’s a wet year or a dry year, the rules are there to make sure folks stay mindful of their water use in the summer,” said Jeff Tejral, Denver Water’s conservation manager. “We always want people to use water as efficiently as possible, especially during watering season.”

The summer watering rules, which begin May 1 of every year and last until Oct. 1, encourage people to:

  • Water during cooler times of the day — lawn watering is not allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Limit watering to no more than three days per week.
  • Avoid watering while it is raining or during high winds.
  • Direct sprinkler heads away from concrete and asphalt.
  • Prevent water from pooling in gutters, streets and alleys.
  • Repair leaking sprinkler systems within 10 days.
  • Use a hose nozzle with a shut-off valve when washing your car.

Given the recent heat and dryness in Denver, it’s the most important time of year to be aware of these guidelines, know your landscape and water only when necessary.

Your lawn (and Denver’s water supply) will thank you.

Awww yeah, baby.

And in case you missed it, check out our 2016 video, in which I jump out of a tree. Gracefully.

Contributing: Steve Snyder

6 thoughts on “Thirsty yard? Make sure you water by the rules, baby”

  1. This omits the recommended watering times. Fixed heads, rotors, sprays. Reinforce previously released recommendations. Folks forget and /or the info.

    1. Thanks for your concern that people not waste water! We absolutely agree, which is why we do indicate that watering should only occur between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to avoid unnecessary waste. Also, click here for info about ideal watering times, depending on nozzle type.

  2. So number 4, is that only for residential? Because I’ve seen plenty of city sprinklers watering the asphalt. A lot. Heck there was one line of sprinklers I drove by and washed half my car. If there hadn’t been traffic I would’ve driven back through the opposite direction and wash my whole car.

    1. The rule definitely applies to everyone. With that said, there are more than 200 city parks used by the public on a daily basis, and issues that cause water waste, like broken sprinkler heads, are bound to occur and may not be identified right away. We can all help by serving as an extra set of eyes. Call 3-1-1 to report issues in Denver parks or around other Denver facilities/properties.

  3. While clearly presenting outlined watering rules, Jim Luthye entertains like no other! What a wonderful mood I’m now in after watching this video. Thank you for the rules and so, so many laughs!!!!!!!

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