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Drought Resource Center

Drought Restrictions – The Centennial Water service area is in a drought watch.

At the April 26 Centennial Water Board of Directors Meeting, the Centennial Water Board declared a drought watch for the Centennial Water service area, which includes Highlands Ranch, Solstice and portions of northern Douglas County.
 
A drought watch was issued because water supplies are below average and forecasts indicate prolonged dryness. The goal of the drought watch stage is to encourage customers to cut back on water use to reduce potential for additional drought measures that could lead to mandatory outdoor water use restrictions and drought rates.

What is drought?

Current water supply

What is Centennial Water doing?

What can you do?

Resources


What is drought?

Drought is a deficiency of precipitation and abnormally dry weather over an extended period of time resulting in a water shortage. It usually spans a season or more.

What is the U.S. Drought Monitor?

The U.S. Drought Monitor is a map released every Thursday, showing parts of the United States that are in drought. The map uses five classifications: abnormally dry (D0), showing areas that may be going into or are coming out of drought, and four levels of drought: moderate (D1), severe (D2), extreme (D3) and exceptional (D4).

U.S. Drought Monitor – Colorado
July 20, 2021


Current Water Supply

As of July 22, 2021, Centennial Water reservoir storage is 7,912 AF, or 46% of 17,200 total capacity. Centennial Water’s median storage level for July over the past 10 years has been 8,904 AF, or 52% of the 17,200 capacity.

Water supply is not strictly a matter of how much precipitation falls. There are a lot of things that come together to impact the amount of water in our storage reservoirs.

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What is Centennial Water doing?

Centennial Water staff are proactively planning and taking steps to ensure it can continue to provide safe, sustainable and reliable water to our customers during drought conditions. An internal drought coordination group meets regularly to assess current conditions and discuss future steps. In addition, staff participate in a Denver-metro Drought Coordination Group with 14 other water utilities to coordinate and offer cooperation around sharing ideas, tools and messaging.

Centennial Water has a Drought Response Plan which guides the Centennial Water Board of Director’s decisions regarding drought conditions. The plan is designed to maximize available water supplies and reduce water use during times of water shortage caused by drought.


What can you do?

Centennial Water is asking customers to practice water conservation in and around their homes. The following rules help to reduce water waste in the community, which in turn help sustain water resources for the future.

  • Outdoor irrigation is not allowed from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. May 1 through Sept. 30
  • Hand watering trees and shrubs is allowed anytime if a hose is held and equipped with a shut off device.
  • Wasteful water practices are prohibited and may result in a fine. This includes allowing excess water to flow into street gutters or neglecting to repair leaks. issues must be addressed within 10 days of identification.

Fix leaks

Water leaks inside and outside the home can occur at any time for a variety of reasons. Many are simple fixes, while other leaks may require consultation with a plumber or a landscape irrigation system professional.

Don’t set it and forget it

Water requirements change throughout the season and so should irrigation run times. Adjusting your controller throughout the year should become routine. The table to the right shows approximately daily run times for different types of sprinkler heads. For best results, water no more than three times per week. Water only as needed in April and October, and remember to turn off irrigation systems for the year the second week of October.

Read your meter

Your water meter is the key tool to help you learn how much water you use and to help identify possible leaks. It’s a good idea to periodically check and record water use so you can identify when you may be approaching your allocated water budget amount.

Click here to learn more about how to read your meter.

Slow the Flow – free irrigation inspections

Centennial Water partners with Resource Central to offer irrigation inspections to residential customers. The inspection will reveal the efficiency of irrigation systems and you will be provided suggestions to improve it. The beginning of summer is a great time to use this service. Call Resource Central at 303-999-3820 or click here to schedule your appointment.


Resources

Water conservation

Centennial Water incentive programs

Resource Central

U.S. Drought Monitor

National Drought Mitigation Center