Drought Continues in the West, July is Smart Irrigation Month

Governor Polis Declares State Drought Emergency for Western Colorado

July 1, 2021 (Denver, CO) – Governor Jared Polis has formally declared a drought emergency for western Colorado by Proclamation of the Governor as counties continue to face evolving impacts and water shortages from a multi-year, severe drought episode affecting industries and citizens. Colorado’s Drought Task Force, Agriculture Impact Task Force and Municipal Water Task Force will remain active and responsive to local needs, a release from the Colorado Water Conservation Board stated Friday.

While Colorado can face a range of shortages across the state every year, the cumulative impacts of drought stress our landscapes, reservoir storage, wildfire risks, and capacity of many water-dependent economies to rebound from previous year impacts and debts.

To stay informed on Colorado drought issues, sign up for the State’s Drought Updates or visit the Colorado Water Conservation Board website.

July is Smart Irrigation Month

Smart Irrigation Month is an Irrigation Association initiative celebrated throughout July to promote the social, economic and environmental benefits of efficient irrigation technologies, products and services in landscape, turf and agricultural irrigation. This time of year is opportune to make adjustments and changes in your irrigation system especially while the Western half of the state is experiencing extreme drought. Using water more efficiently conserves water and reduces your water bill.

Help conserve water and improve your irrigation efficiency with these tips:

  • Slow the flow – If water is applied to quickly, it can run off into the street or sidewalk. When watering, give the water a chance to soak into the ground.
  • Select & inspect sprinklers properly – Select sprinkler heads and nozzles that apply water uniformly to the target area. Inspect your sprinkler heads regularly to make sure they are not obstructed or watering onto the pavement.
  • Use drip irrigation – Drip or “low pressure, low volume” irrigation applies water directly to the base or roots of plants. These systems are ideal for watering individual plants and smaller landscape areas slowly and precisely.
  • Don’t think twice about smart upgrades – Take the guesswork out of irrigation by upgrading to a smart controller. Weather – and soil moisture – based controllers automatically adjust the watering schedule based on conditions at your location.
  • Work with a certified professional – Protect your investment by working with a certified irrigation contractor. Certified professionals have demonstrated competence for the job to make sure it’s done right.
  • Save on your next upgrade – Many water utilities offer rebates for certain water-efficient products. Before upgrading to your new system, consult with your local water provider to see if they offer rebates in your area.

The District would like to remind you that Outdoor Watering Rules are in effect until October 1st. Following these rules can help preserve reservoir levels thus reducing risks of future water restrictions while leaving your landscape healthy and nourished.