Arvada enacts water restrictions

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Due to drought conditions in the state, the city of Arvada has enacted water restrictions for this spring and summer.

About 80 percent of the state’s water comes from melting snowpack, and with the current snowpack level, Colorado is in the same pattern it did in 2002 when it suffered from a severe drought.

In Arvada, single-family residences with odd-numbered addresses can water outdoors Wednesdays and Saturdays; single-family residences with even-numbered address may water Thursdays and Sundays.

All other properties, including multifamily residences, Home Owner Associations, commercial, industrial and government, can water Tuesdays and Fridays.

Lawn watering is not permitted between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on specified days. Lawn watering is prohibited Oct. 1-March 31.

Drought surcharges will show up on residents’ bills beginning in June, which will include water use in April and May.

Customers will not have additional surcharges for up to 12,000 gallons per month. From 12,001-30,000 gallons, customers will be charged 30 cents per 1,000 gallons; 60 cents per 1,000 between 30,001-60,000; 90 cents per 1,000 gallons between 60,001-90,000 and $1.20 per 1,000 gallons over 90,000 gallons.

City officials expect the surcharges to add 3 to 5 percent to their annual water bill if they do not reduce water usage.

Through the outdoor water restriction program, city officials hope to reduce water usage by 20 percent.

The average annual water bill for Arvada residents is $441. If residents do not reduce their water usage, their bill could increase to $458 due to surcharges. If residents reduce their usage by 20 percent, their bill can be reduced to about $366.

Flowers, vegetable gardens and community gardens can be watered any day with a hand-held hose or low-volume non-spray irrigation. They can also be watered by spray irrigation on the assigned watering days before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.

Residents can water trees, shrubs and other perennials with a hand-held hose or low-volume, non-spray irrigation on the assigned watering days.

Residents can wash their vehicles, but must use only a bucket or a hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle.

Permanent pools and hot tubs may be filled one time during the summer with minimal refills to compensate for evaporation and other water loss. Children’s small plastic pools can be refilled and emptied once per day.

For more information about water restrictions, visit www.Arvada.org.

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