Denver Reduces Water Restrictions After Wet Spring, Conservation

Denver Water, Colorado’s largest municipal water supplier, modified restrictions today after an unexpectedly wet spring and customer response to conservation measures to allow a third day of watering a week.

The Denver Board of Water Commissioners lifted Stage 2 drought restrictions in place since April 1, declaring a Stage 1 effective immediately to help manage water supply reserves, saying snowpack in both of Denver Water’s watersheds whose runoff fills reservoirs ended up 90 percent of the average peak.

“While the drought is not over, conditions have improved enough that customers may water a third day if their lawns need it,’’ Greg Austin, president of Denver water board, said in a statement. “We all still need to do our part to protect against the possibility of another dry winter, and we ask everyone to continue to use even less.”

The utility asked customers not to water lawns from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., especially at midday, nor when it’s raining.

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