Water Schedule in effect starting 7/19/2022
In July, Town Council passed Resolution 2022-30 declaring level 2 drought conditions. The resolution implements an outdoor watering schedule for residents and commercial properties in an effort to prioritize residents indoor water needs. With potable water capacity nearly at maximum every week in July, the activity of outdoor watering on a schedule gives the Town’s water system the opportunity to meet demand by evening out demand during periods of extreme heat. While the Town has reason to enact a watering schedule this summer, there are a number of water infrastructure projects currently under construction that should mitigate this issue for current residents in the years to come such as the south water tank and water treatment plant expansion.
All HOA public spaces and green belts should follow EVEN numbered housing watering: watering on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday either in the morning from 12am-10am or in the evening from 6pm-11:59pm.
Watering schedule info for RESIDENTIAL and COMMERCIAL properties watering with potable (treated) water
Watering can only occur either in the morning 12am-10am or in the evening 6pm-11:59pm according to house number and day
EVEN numbered homes (ending in 0,2,4,6,8) water on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday either in the morning or evening
ODD numbered homes (ending in 1,3,5,7,9) water on Monday Wednesday, and Friday either in the morning or evening
*Please note: Properties that water with non-potable water (water that is not treated to drinking level standards) are exempt from the outdoor watering schedule as non-potable water does not process through the Town's water treatment plant*
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On July 18, Town Council passed a resolution implementing Level 2 outdoor water restrictions, requiring that homes limit outdoor watering three days a week based on house number. Additionally, homes will be tasked with watering either in the morning from 12am-10am or in the evening from 6pm-11:59pm. The goal of this watering schedule is not to prevent irrigation, but to be more purposeful with the demand on water so that the water tanks have time to refill for continued use for the entire community.
Johnstown, CO – July 19, 2022 – With extreme temperatures this summer, there has been an increase in water demand, likely a result of the interest in maintaining personal and local greenspace around Town. This increase has the Town’s potable (treated for drinking) water capacity operating at a daily flow rate of 5.6 million gallons per day, putting notable stress on a system that has a total capacity of 6.2 million gallons per day; a capacity which is generally more than enough to meet standard daily summer flow rates of around 4.5 million gallons per day. The goal of this watering schedule is not to prevent irrigation, but to be more purposeful with the demand on water so that the water tanks have time to refill for continued use for the entire community. Town Council, during Monday’s Town Council Meeting, opted to pass this compulsory resolution regarding outdoor watering because it calls for residents and businesses to water responsibly and act considerately for fellow Townsfolk.
As a result of the stress on the system, and a prioritizing of indoor water accessibility for residents and businesses, a new outdoor watering schedule is effective immediately. Outdoor watering restrictions by way of scheduling, give the Town’s water system the opportunity to even out the demand for water. The schedule would require that outdoor watering for ODD NUMBERED HOMES (ending in 1,3,5,7,9) occur on MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, and FRIDAY while outdoor watering for EVEN NUMBERED HOMES (ending in 0,2,4,6,8) occur on TUESDAY, THURSDAY, and SATURDAY. No watering will occur on Sunday. Furthermore, outdoor watering should occur during the morning hours of 12am-10am or the evening hours of 6pm-11:59pm. Watering should not occur from 10am-6pm on any day of the week.
Ex: Jamie lives on 460 Town Lane. As a resident of an even numbered home she will water her yard in the morning or in the evening, either from 12am-10am or from 6pm-11:59pm on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
As of today, the Town is also doing its part to lessen the demand on the watering system, changing its watering of Town parks and greenery that use potable water to align with the new schedule, as well as communicating with HOAs and other commercial properties in Town on potable water about the new watering schedule.
While water restrictions are necessary this summer, the Town has water infrastructure projects currently in the works that address water capacity. The south water tower currently under construction just south of Pioneer Ridge is one example of an infrastructure project, along with the water treatment plant expansion and upsizing of the raw water trunkline from the Town’s ditch supply.
The watering schedule, information about non-potable water, resources for conserving water and developing more resilient grass, and more are available on the Town’s website at johnstown.colorado.gov/SummerWater2022.
Jamie Barker, Communications Manager
Changing common water-wasting habits around the home is a great way to save both water and money! Here a few easy ways you can conserve water around the house, courtesy of Colorado State University and Water Education Colorado:
• Leak test your toilet cheaply by dropping a few drops of food coloring into your toilet’s tank, waiting 25 minutes, and then checking your toilet bowl — If the color has spread to the bowl, you’ve got a leak
• Use a broom or blower to clean your driveway and sidewalk
• Colorado state law allows residents to collect rainwater runoff from the roof in rain barrels, up to a max of two barrels with a combined capacity of 110 gallons per household
Want more water conservation tips? Check out some of the resources below for more ways to save water:
Taking on a Xeriscaping project can take a serious amount of time and investment, but it can also lead to serious savings on your water bill.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of resources to assist you in the process of planning and completing your first Xeriscaping project. The Town of Johnstown does not currently offer any incentives for Xeriscaping, but we hope the information below can be useful in helping you achieve your Xeriscaping goals:
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