As of June 2015, the snow pack in the mountains that we rely upon for our water is well above average. Watering restrictions for the summer of 2015 are set at the minimum level and are in place to reduce water waste. Water is a limited resource and we hope that everyone uses it wisely.
From May 1 to Oct 1 the following minimum watering guidelines should be followed:
- 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.
North Table Mountain Water does not have a rebate program. Denver Water's rebates are only available to entities that buy treated water from Denver. NTM buys raw water from Denver and is therefore not eligible for the rebate program.
The District strongly recommends that all residents practice water conservation. Following are some web sites that offer water conservation tips:
Denver Water Drought Blog - Denver Water discussion of the current drought conditions:
Mile High Water Talk
Denver Water Conservation Page:
Colorado WaterWise provides resources to the Colorado conservation community. These tools include a forum to share ideas on successful programs, technical analysis tools, access to regional water efficiency experts and state officials, professional networking, and educational opportunities:
Xeriscape, or water-wise landscaping, uses low-water-use plants to create a landscape that’s sustainable in Colorado’s semi-arid climate. Denver Water coined the word in 1981 to help make low-water-use landscaping an easily recognized concept. Xeriscape is a combination of the word "landscape" and the Greek word "xeros," which means dry:
Denver Water Xeriscape Information
American Water Works Association water conservation page web site:
AWWA Water Conservation
The WaterSMART Program is helping those working in water resource planning and management tackle America's water challenges. Use this clearinghouse to find and share Web sites providing information on water conservation and sustainability:
US Department of the Interior Water Smart Page
Following are some easy ways to save water:
Cycle and Soak Watering
Deep watering or cycle and soak watering of turf will promote deep root growth and create a healthy lawn. In cycle and soak watering sprinklers are allowed to water for a period of time followed by a rest period. During the rest period water is allowed to soak deep into the sod. The cycle is then repeated. For example, if you presently water a zone for 15 minutes, it may be beneficial to water that zone three times for 5 minutes each time, with a rest period in between cycles.
Other ideas include:
Take a shower rather than a bath.
When brushing your teeth, only have water on when you need to rinse.
If you want a drink of cold water, keep an old milk jug in the refrigerator filled with water. This way you always have quick cold water without running the tap and waiting for the water to cool.
Install toilets that have a higher water efficiency than some of the older models. If you don't want to actually install a new toilet, there is a quick and very cost feasible solution. Stop by our main office and pick up a complimentary water conservation kit. It has a water saving toilet displacement bag that is easy to install in the toilet tank.
The water conservation kit also includes non-toxic dye tablets that allow you to test for leaks in your toilet, a shower restrictor and a faucet restrictor. Both of the restrictors are easy to install and they can save you lots of water.
The Colorado Department of Local Affairs maintains a web site with current information on Special Districts. You can visit the following link to look at the information that is available: DOLA
The Special District Association of Colorado maintains special district transparency information such as Contact Information,Current Mill Levy, Elelction Information and Members of the Board of Directors. Following is the link to the site: SDA
Other important water links:
Denver Water Department
Metro Waste Water
State Engineer Board
Special District Association
City of Arvada
Fairmount Fire Protection District
Fairmount Elementary School
Prospect Parks and Recreation
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Teachers - If you are looking for a great education tool about water in the environment and watershed management, be sure to check out the Watershed Academy!