DENVER (CBS4)– Water commissioners across Colorado have put the state into a Stage One Drought Condition. Because of our dry winter and spring, Denver Water is asking customers to conserve.

Denver Water serves more than 1 million homes in the Denver metro area, including suburban areas. They’re asking customers to start cutting back on outdoor water use before the high usage season gets under way.

“We’ve already seen some wildfires that are concerning so it’s a very dry year and for us we’re hoping to curb that water use and not have it spike early in the season,” said Denver Water spokeswoman Stacy Chesney.

Because of the Stage One Drought Conditions, Denver Water customers are being asked to cut back to watering two days a week.

Other restrictions include a ban on watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., no watering during rain or strong winds and no watering sidewalks and streets. After May 1, those caught breaking the rules could be fined $100.

Most residents are taking the water restrictions in stride.

“After the little snowfall up in the mountains this year I think we all have to do what we can to save water in this city,” said Denver Water customer John Kaufman. “We’ve been through this before in Denver and Colorado and we just have to do what we can do to get through it.”

“It’s a little tough in the short term, we may have a little brown grass,” said Denver Water customer Kiva Patten.


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