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2013 Drought Information - Stage 2 Drought Lifted

Arvada’s water supply situation has greatly improved since Stage 2 drought restrictions were put in place April 1, thanks to an unexpectedly wet spring and citizens’ reduced water use. As a result, the Denver Board of Water Commissioners adopted a resolution declaring a Stage 1 drought — which removes the two-day-per-week assigned watering schedule — effective immediately. Customers may water no more than three days per week and must follow annual watering rules listed below. While Arvada is not a part of Denver Water's service area, Arvada receives the majority of its water from Denver Water through a contract, which requires Arvada to adopt the same rules and restrictions.

On March 27, 2013, the Denver Board of Water Commissioners declared a Stage 2 drought based on 60 percent snowpack, extremely dry conditions and lower-than-normal reservoirs. Late-season weather improved conditions significantly, and the snowpack in both watersheds ended up above 90 percent of the average peak.  Runoff is ending and reservoirs are not expected to fill much more.

Stage 1 drought is still in effect. While conditions have improved, customers should only water a maximum of three days a week. We all need to do our part to protect against the possibility of another dry winter and our long-term outlook of Arvada's water supply.


Standard Watering Rules

  • Water no more than three days per week (there are no assigned days).
  • Do not water lawns between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Do not waste water by allowing it to pool in gutters, streets and alleys.
  • Do not waste water by letting it spray on concrete and asphalt.
  • Repair leaking sprinkler systems within 10 days.
  • Do not water while it is raining or during high winds.


To help save water, the City of Arvada asks customers to pay close attention to the weather and their landscapes and only water when necessary.

Other tips:

  • Use a day of rain to skip watering.
  • Only water the areas of your yard that are dry. For example, if shady areas look fine, only water the dry areas that get the most sun exposure.
  • Water two minutes less.

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