COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The summer heat is here, which means many people will probably see their water bills go up as they use more water to keep cool.
“Our highest water use is in the summer typically when everyone starts turning on their irrigation systems and watering outside,” said Birgit Landin, a water conservation specialist with Colorado Springs Utilities. “So we see water bills start to increase.”
CSU recommends limiting the time people water their grass to three days a week in July and August. In September, CSU recommends watering the grass only two times a week.
“Of course, the best time to water is always before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. where it’s cooler, that water can get to the roots of the plant, so it needs less water overall and it doesn’t evaporate as much,” Landin said.
She also recommended people use a method of watering called cycle and soak where the lawn is watered for 10-20 minutes and then the sprinklers are turned off to give the water time to soak in before turning the sprinklers back on for a while.
“Being a great steward of the water is really important in this area,” Landon said. “It’s what we strive to do and help our customers to reach that, as well.”
Other tips to save on your water bill this summer include:
- Adjust sprinklers so they only hit the lawn, not your house, the sidewalk or the street.
- Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting to shade the grass roots and help the soil hold moisture better.
- Use a broom, instead of a hose, to clean off your driveway or sidewalk.
- Check faucets, sprinklers and hoses for leaks.
- When children want to play in the sprinkler, put it in an area that needs to be watered.
Landin said leaks often go unnoticed and can cause a big surprise when the water bill comes.
“It’s amazing how much can leak without you even realizing it,” she said.
If there is a catastrophic leak, customers can be eligible for CSU’s leak forgiveness program.
Due to the large amount of snow Colorado got in 2019, Landin said it’s unlikely that CSU’s customers will have water restrictions this summer.
“What a difference a year will make,” she said. “Last year was a dry year, very little snow. We had to rely on our water stored in our reservoirs to get through the dry conditions. Completely different story this year. We had an excellent, abundant snowfall this winter and so we are not expecting any watering restrictions for the summer.”
Landin said the company’s reservoirs have enough capacity to store 3 years-worth of water.
“So let’s say next year might be very dry, we may not need watering restrictions because of the storage that we have,” she said. “That’s why last summer we didn’t have restrictions either because we had the storage.”
You can find more water saving tips here.