Water Saver Partnership
Conserve Water & Save Money on Your Water Bills
Denver Water and the City of Greenwood Village developed the Water Saver Partnership in 2014 as a result of a local Village resident's request for assistance in maintaining healthy landscapes in our arid climate. Through the partnership, the City of Greenwood Village and Denver Water collaborate on water conservation and efficiency initiatives for residents and businesses in Greenwood Village.
Tips for 2017:
Wait — Don’t Irrigate!
When it comes to lawn watering, April is too early to go automatic. Set aside plans to program your sprinkler system for later months, when the ground is less likely to retain wintertime moisture.
You can still dig in and start preparing for the planting season. Here’s how:
- Spring is a great time to aerate your lawn. Aeration can help water absorb more efficiently.
- Check the height and width of your trees, shrubs and perennials. Prune any overgrowth — which make excellent compost when shredded.
- Watch your mail for a detailed explanation on Denver Water’s summer watering rules, which go into effect May 1.
Visit denverwater.org/SummerWatering for more watering tips and information on the rules.
Save Water, Get a Rebate
Here’s a simple springtime project that pays off: earn a rebate for installing a new water-efficient toilet.
Denver Water offers rebates of up to $150 for purchasing a WaterSense-labeled toilet with a per-flush average of 1.1 gallons or less. WaterSense is a national program that makes it easy to choose quality products that use less water. Makes sense to us!
Learn which models qualify — and where to buy them — at denverwater.org/Rebates.
Rules for Outdoor Water Use
Denver Water’s 2017 summer watering rules are enforced May 1 to Oct. 1, so please use only what you need.
- Water during cooler times of the day — lawn watering is not allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- Water no more than three days per week.
- Do not allow water to pool in gutters, streets and alleys.
- Do not waste water by letting it spray on concrete and asphalt.
- Repair leaking sprinkler systems within 10 days.
- Do not irrigate while it is raining or during high winds.
- Use a hose nozzle with a shut-off valve when washing your car.
Rules for watering new seed and sod
Denver Water customers with newly planted seed or sod may water new turf as necessary, for up to 21 days. After 21 days, routine watering is limited to no more than three days per week and not between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. To submit your request for a 21-day watering exemption, call 303-893-2444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are requesting a watering exemption, the newly landscaped area should be 250 square feet or larger. It is wasteful to run an irrigation system on an area any smaller, and you can hand water areas that are less than 250 square feet. Keep in mind that you may see an increase in your water use upon watering for up to 21 days.
Tip: Amending the soil with compost prior to planting will help to establish new plant material more successfully. Denver Water recommends that you till compost into the areas that you are planting. Learn more at denverwater.org/Compost.
Water Conservation Audits—Assessment of Your Irrigation System Efficiency
Do it yourself irrigation audit:
- Check irrigation heads after mowing to be sure they are not damaged
- Realign any heads that are spraying too high in the air, across pavement or into tall grass
- Check for system leaks and repair them as soon as possible to avoid wasting water and damaging foundations or landscape features
- Use the catch-can test to make sure your lawn is using only what it needs
Denver Water Outdoor Tips
Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado Green Industries of Colorado Irrigation Association
Facts for a Xeriscape Garden
Save Money with your Sprinkler System
Water Wise Landscape Handbook