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Mandatory Stage 2 Water Restrictions

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO- May 21, 2018

Stage 2 water restrictions are in accordance with the Steamboat Springs Water Conservation Plan adopted in 2011 by the Steamboat Springs City Council and Board of Directors of Mt. Werner Water District. Stage 2 mandatory restrictions were enacted in 2015, 2013 and 2012.  Recently, Mr. Frank Alfone, General Manager of the Mt. Werner Water and Sanitation District outlined the current water storage numbers for Steamboat Springs and Summer forecast precipitation models.  He recommended that Stage 2 Water Restrictions be implemented from this date forward.  See guidelines below;

Mandatory Stage 2 Water Restrictions

  • Potable water shall be used for beneficial purposes and should not be wasted.
  • No outdoor watering 10AM – 6PM.
  • Watering schedule based on the last number of customer street address. If multiple addresses are served by a single system, then landscapers should choose one or the other schedule.

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Even

Odd

Even

No Watering

Odd

Even

Odd

 

  • Vehicle washing at residences only with a bucket or spring-loaded hose nozzle. Residents are encouraged to use biodegradable detergent and to wash the vehicle on a permeable surface.
  • Avoid wasting potable water such as washing hard surfaces (eg. driveways, sidewalks, parking areas). Use a broom, powerbroom, powerblower, compressed air or vacuum. Residents and contractors may powerwash siding or wooden decks in preparation for painting or staining.
  • Any water feature that uses potable water must be a recycling system and must have an approved backflow prevention device on its make-up water supply. Running an outdoor water feature that sprays or splashes water into the air or has a surface area greater than 200 square feet is prohibited.
  • No use of domestic water for dust control.
  • Limit the filling of swimming pools to one filling per year, unless draining for repairs.
  • Permits may be secured for newly-sodded lawns and newly-planted trees for up to 14 consecutive days and for newly-seeded lawns for up to 25 consecutive days.

Tips for conserving water

  • Avoid watering in windy conditions.
  • Adjust sprinklers to avoid watering hard surfaces.
  • Set timers to avoid over-watering. Less water will induce grassroots to seek water deeper in the soil horizon which will strengthen your lawn.
  • Our clayey soils slow the penetration of water, so it is better to water for three short intervals than for one long interval.
  • When irrigating with a hose, use a spring-loaded nozzle, not a free-running hose.
  • Cut your lawn no shorter than 3 inches to reduce soil moisture loss and to promote deeper roots.
  • Avoid planting trees and shrubs or sodding new lawns during the drier, hotter months.
  • Plant native grasses and shrubs or drought-tolerant species in place of water-intensive species.

For more information on water saving tips and a list of drought-resistant plant species, please visit the City or District websites: http://steamboatsprings.net or www.mwwater.com.


 

 
! DRIVEWAY CULVERTS !

Please keep both ends of your driveway culvert clear of overgrown grasses and sediment.  Keeping water off and away from our roadways lengthens the life of our 3/4 million dollar investment.  Is your culvert clear? 

Keeping water away from our roadways prolongs their life
and reduces
maintenance costs that every resident pays for.

Thank you in advance