Drought news: North Metro cities ask customers to conserve #codrought

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From 9News.com (Paris Elliott):

According to a press release issued by Thornton Water Conservation, the cities of Arvada, Federal Heights, Northglenn, Thornton, Westminster, South Adams County Water and Sanitation, and the City and County of Broomfield are asking residents for increased water conservation efforts this year.

Thornton Water Conservation has several recommended ways to reduce water use:

• Don’t turn on your sprinkler systems too early in the season. Leaving lawns dormant until May saves a significant amount of water. Water trees occasionally before the irrigation season if dry conditions persist.

• Water lawns no more than twice per week. Check with your water supplier for lawn watering rules.

• If it rains, water less. Watch the weather and adjust watering days and times accordingly.

• Do not water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Watering during the day results in less water reaching your lawn due to evaporation and afternoon winds.

• Check your irrigation system monthly for leaks and other problems.

• If possible, delay new landscape installations for a non-drought year. Avoid installing landscaping during mid-summer. Incorporate water-wise plants when planning renovations or installations.

• Raise your lawn mower blade. Protect your lawn’s roots from heat by letting grass grow longer.

• Limit other outdoor water uses. Sweep driveways and sidewalks with a broom. Always use a nozzle on your hose when watering landscape or washing your car.

• Check your home and repair water leaks. Place a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank and wait 10 minutes. If the water in the bowl turns color you have a leak. Replacing the flapper or other easy adjustments will generally solve the problem at little or no cost. Don’t forget to check showers and sinks for leaks.

• Know your water use. Check your water bill regularly to track use. Contact your water supplier for ways to identify and solve increased water use issues.

• Check with your water supplier for specific water use rules and conservation programs.

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