BRIGHTON — The prolonged drought — one of the worst in modern Colorado history — has prompted city officials to declare a Phase 3 drought warning.
The warning comes with a number of water restrictions that will be in place through Nov. 1, when winter watering rules will go into effect.
Residents are restricted to watering their yard only every third day under the restrictions, and turf watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Additionally, large irrigation users such as farms will be asked to curb consumption by 25 percent through October.
In a release from Brighton spokeswoman Kristen Chernosky, water users are reminded that drip irrigation and hand watering done with a shut-off nozzle attachment are allowed, but that hoses must be attended at all times. Sprinklers are not included.
Furthermore, users are urged to keep water waste to an absolute minimum. The restrictions are intended to maintain as much of the city's existing reservoir water supplies as possible so that demand can continue to be met amid the abnormally warm season.
Chernosky's release also advised residents to remember that outside irrigation will be prohibited under the winter water restrictions through April 1, with exceptions for trees and shrubs.
For questions or concerns, contact the Water Resources Division of the Utilities Department at 303-655-2129.