Denver Water enacts drought watering restrictions |

Denver Water enacts drought watering restrictions

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER – With Colorado in a drought for the second straight year, the state’s largest water utility says it will limit homeowners to two days of lawn watering a week.

Denver Water announced the step Wednesday, saying March snows haven’t been enough to improve conditions.

The restrictions begin Monday. Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Aurora and Thornton also plan to limit watering. Colorado Springs will also charge large water users higher rates.

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows all of Colorado is experiencing some level of drought. The statewide snowpack is 79 percent of average, and Denver Water’s reservoirs haven’t been full since July 2011.

Denver Water last enacted such limits in 2002. Board president Greg Austin said the current drought is more serious.