Water Saving Tips

During the summer, the Town of Berthoud processes more water than during the winter months. Lawn and garden care are largely the cause for this increase in demand, and while we love a great looking yard as much as anyone, this excess water use takes a toll on the Town, its resources, and the environment.

Please conserve water (and money) with these water-saving tips:

  • Don't water or run irrigation systems between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm. Instead, aim for watering at dawn or dusk.
  • Don't overwater. Giving your lawn or garden too much water can be just as bad for it as not giving it enough.
  • Minimize runoff by allowing for soak-time between short water cycles. For instance, water for 5 minutes, wait an hour, then water for 5 more minutes.
  • Only run irrigation systems once a day.
  • Avoid watering on windy days when the sprinkler is less effective.
  • Set your lawnmower to the highest setting. Longer grass will keep the ground cooler and retain more water.
  • We pour a lot of clean and gray water down the drain in our homes. Try saving it into a pitcher to water potted plants and garden beds.
  • Consider looking into a rainwater collection system for lawn and garden watering, which not only cuts down on your costs but cuts out the energy cost associated with water from the treatment plant.

Discover more ways to conserve water in your home and save on your utility bill.

Lawn Watering Times

Determining the right amount of time to water your yard can be tricky with fluctuating temperatures through the year. Use the chart below as a starting point to determine the amount of time you should water each zone. Always adjust the amount of time-based off rainfall, types of grass and plants, sunny or shady areas, and other specific characteristics of your yard.

Lawn Watering Times Table

*These times are based on a sprinkler system running at an efficient level. Remember, no watering between 10 am and 6 pm.