With drought conditions in the forecast, the town of Castle Rock made changes to its water management plan for the 2013 summer season.
Town council on March 19 approved revised water restrictions to extend conservation efforts through September. The extra month of restrictions reduces demand at a time when Colorado’s climate reaches its hottest, driest condition, according to the town’s water department.
In addition to the extended restriction season, Castle Rock will extend the prohibited watering window one hour each day and shift the evening watering window to a time later in the day.
“We want the temperatures to cool down and wind to die down before we start watering,” said Heather Beasley, water resources manager. “We are anticipating going into a second year of drought in Colorado and anticipating a tough, hot, dry summer.”
In addition to the extra month of restrictions, Castle Rock consumers will be restricted to watering three days per week. Exempt from the three-day restriction are residents who take part in the town’s Water Wiser workshops.
“If you participate in the town’s Water Wiser program you can irrigate on any of the days but you’re still restricted to watering times,” Beasley said. “It allows you to bypass the three-day-a-week restriction.”
Residential restrictions include:
Evening watering hours for residential customers are from 6 to 11 p.m., rather than 5 to 10 p.m. The watering window for nonresidential customers remains unchanged. The morning watering window also remains unchanged, from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The daytime no-watering window was extended one hour and will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Watering restrictions are in effect from June 1 through September 30.
The every-third-day schedule remains in effect. Residents can expect to receive their 2013 watering schedule in the mail by approximately May 1.
For additional information about Castle Rock water and utilities, visit CRgov.com/water. For information about watering restrictions, contact the Castle Rock water department at 720-733-6000.
Get water wise
Water Wiser workshops are part of the water conservation plan in the Town of Castle rock, with smartscape solutions for the lawn and home. Through hands-on demonstrations and displays, attendees learn to conserve water and still have a beautiful yard.
Learn how to apply water by taking advantage of the “7 Steps of Xeriscape”; how to detect water waste and how to improve an irrigation system. After the workshop, attendees will earn a “Water Wiser” designation and be exempt from the every-third-day watering schedule.
All workshops are free, but reservations are required and workshops fill up quickly. All workshops opened for registration on March 30. For more about water conservation in Castle Rock, visit www.crconserve.com.