Due to minimal precipitation and above average temperatures this winter, combined with a very dry February and March, water restrictions will go into effect Monday in Steamboat. Because of these conditions, water providers in the area decided to institute water restrictions earlier this year and will use a conservative approach for water distribution through the summer months. Steamboat Public Works Director Jon Snyder says while recent rain and snow showers are welcome, the area will need steady precipitation for the foreseeable future for the water restrictions to be removed. The restrictions, along with public efforts to conserve as much water as possible, ensures there will be ample water supplies in the reservoirs and that Fish Creek and the Yampa River remain healthy throughout the summer. A full list of the water restrictions along with water conservation techniques are available 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-Even; Monday-Odd; Tuesday-Even; Wednesday-No Watering; Thursday-Odd; Friday-Even; Saturday- 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.
Rebates for water-efficient replacement toilets, dishwashers and clothes washers are still available for Mt. Werner Water customers by calling the Mt. Werner Water office, 879-2424, or for city customers by calling City Hall, 970-871-6303.