Water Conservation Tips

DROUGHT CONDITIONS: Please Conserve Water

Littleton and the region are in a drought, and Littleton residents are being urged to conserve water by reducing its use outside and inside. Reducing water usage is critical to maintain supplies and to avoid long-term consequences imposed by the state for overuse.

Water Ban in Effect

LWD personnel are enforcing a ban on outdoor watering between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., with no watering allowed on Mondays.

  • Odd numbered houses may water Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, before 7 a.m. or after 7 p.m.
  • Even numbered properties may water Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, before 7 a.m. or after 7 p.m.

Violating the Ban May Result in Fines

A warning will be issued for the first offense, followed by a $50 fine for the second offense; a $200 fine for the third offense; and $400 fine plus installation of flow restriction device for the fourth.

What is Meant by ‘Outdoor Watering’

“Outdoor watering” or “nonessential outdoor water uses” are defined by the state as irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems; washing of vehicles, except in a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety; and washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paints, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement. Irrigation of lawns, gardens, flowers and ornamental plants by means of a hand-held hose is allowed.

Water Use Increased with Drought

Residential-water use in Littleton more than doubled in June. The average household used 109 gallons per person per day in June, compared to 46 gallons per person per day in the first five months of this year. Littleton received 1.4 inches of rain in June and 0.94 inches in July, well below the 30-year average for those months.

Littleton at Risk for Tougher Restrictions

Littleton risks having a more restrictive watering ban next year if residents continue to use water at the current pace. If we exceed an annual average use of 65 gallons per person per day, the state will require even stricter limits on water use next year. Without immediate and sustained conservation, Littleton is in danger of exceeding the annual average of 65 gallons per person per day.

Tips for Conserving Water

Outdoors

Lawn Watering

Follow the watering times allowed under the water ban. Don’t water the pavement! One inch of water per week is all that is generally necessary to maintain your lawn. Avoid overwatering by using a rain gauge or coffee can to measure the volume of water applied. As a general rule, water for 20 minutes, three times per week to apply one inch of water.

Use a Smart Controller

Install a smart irrigation controller on your home system to avoid overwatering and watering at the wrong times. A rebate of $50 per installation of a smart irrigation controller is available through the Green Rewards Program.

Lawn Care

Allow your grass to grow taller in hot dry weather. Longer grass means less evaporation and will encourage roots to grow deeper leaving your lawn more drought-tolerant.

Car Washing

Washing of vehicles is prohibited under the outdoor water ban, except in a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety.

Pool

Use a pool cover to keep water clean and reduce evaporation.

General Maintenance

Use a broom instead of a water hose to clear debris from patios, driveways, and sidewalks.

Landscaping

Plant trees to provide shade. Decrease lawn area. Use drought-resistant shrubs. Increase areas of ground cover. Mulch.

Valves and Hoses

Check outdoor pipes, hoses, and faucets for leaks.

Indoors

Laundry

Only wash full loads of laundry when using a washing machine.

Personal Grooming

Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving.

Dishes

If you wash dishes by hand, rinse them in a sink partially filled with clean water instead of under running water.

Bathroom Fixtures

Install low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators, available at a discount through our Green Rewards Program, to cut down on the amount of water you use.

Leaks

Repair leaking faucets, tanks and pipes.

 
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