Weekend storm wasn’t a #droughtbuster, but it means you can turn off your sprinklers for days – News on Tap – Coyote Gulch


Snow piles left by last weekend’s storm have melted away, but lawns and landscapes are benefiting from the free water the storm brought to the metro area.

This means lawns won’t need additional water, in the form of sprinklers and irrigation systems, for days or even a week as more rain is forecast.

Denver Water saw customer demand drop by about half over the weekend as its customers did a great job of responding to Mother Nature’s free water by turning off their sprinklers.

Let all that water soak in! And challenge yourself: don’t water your lawn until it needs to. (Take the screwdriver test.) Photo credit: Denver Water.

You’re actually doing your lawn a favor by turning the sprinklers off and keeping them off for several days after the weekend storm or any upcoming rain. Lawns that get too much water too often can have trouble in Colorado’s hottest summer months.

(And watering too often will drive up your monthly water bill too!)

“Your lawn can last longer than you think,” said Austin Krcmarik, a water efficiency expert at Denver Water. “Take the challenge, see how long you can keep your sprinklers off.”

A simple way to test soil moisture is to probe your lawn with a screwdriver. If it easily penetrates the soil, this indicates sufficient moisture. Watch the video below to see how quick and easy this test is to perform.

While the storm dumped up to 2 feet of snow in the Colorado mountains, it was not a drought breaker. (And other parts of the state didn’t see much of the storm.) Denver Water planners don’t expect utility reservoirs to fill completely this season.

“We hope to refill our reservoirs after each runoff season to help supply us through the hot summer months and into next year,” Krcmark said. “We already know that won’t happen this season, but you can help keep water in our reservoirs by keeping those sprinklers turned off after storms.”

A general rule is that you can skip a watering day when we get ¼ inch within 24 hours.

Weather watchers estimate the storm delivered 1 to 1.5 inches of water in the metro area. And, with the potential for more rain in the Denver forecast, you may not need to water at all this week.

For now, Denver Water’s regular summer sprinkler rules remain in effect, but additional restrictions may be required if conditions warrant this summer.


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