Landscape Watering Tips

Drought Watch

Due to dry weather conditions, Broomfield is currently on Drought Watch. 

The request at this time is strictly for voluntary compliance.   Voluntary reductions reduce the possibility water use restrictions will be intensified.  Voluntary actions include: no outside water use between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; reducing lawn watering to 2 days per week for no more than 3 hours; and using a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks.

As always, Broomfield will be enforcing its Misuse of Treated Water Ordinance (excess application of water that results in a flow exceeding five gallons per minute leaving the property).

Any other water conservation measures that you can implement will be appreciated. Remember that a little effort and a little common sense will make a big difference in conserving this most valuable resource.

Even small leaks in your home's water system can add up. Check out this handy guide to detecting leaks.

 Seasonal Lawn Watering Guidelines 


These eight water conservation tips can help you conserve water, especially during dry years. These best practices are supported by the cities within Boulder and Broomfield counties. Always check with your water supplier for any additional lawn watering rules or any drought-related restrictions. 

  1. Wait to water.
    Don't turn on your sprinklers too early in the season. Leaving lawns dormant longer saves water. Hand water trees as needed when dry conditions persist.
  2. Water twice a week. Make turf drought-tolerant.
    Water deeply twice a week and supplement with rain to make grass roots grow deeper and go longer without water. For sprinkler systems, cycle run times to prevent runoff. Instead of setting a zone to run for 15 minutes, change it to water for five minutes once an hour over a three-hour period early in the morning.
  3. Don't water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
    When you water during the day, less water reaches your lawn. Water at night or in the early morning to prevent water loss caused by evaporation and wind.
  4. If it rains, water less.
    Watch the weather and adjust watering days and times accordingly. If you have a control clock, use rain sensors to shut off irrigation during rain events.
  5. Watch for irrigation leaks.
    Watch for broken sprinkler heads or damaged irrigation lines that waste water. Repair leaks quickly.
  6. Let grass grow longer before you cut it.
    Raise your lawnmower blade and protect your lawn from heat by letting grass grow longer.
  7. Water plants and trees, not sidewalks.
    Don’t spray down your driveway with water—use a broom.  Broken sprinkler heads getting your sidewalk wet?  Make sprinkler repairs and adjustments to keep water on your plants, turf, and trees.
  8. Install low-water landscape and irrigation.
    Avoid installing landscaping during the hottest months, especially in dry years.  When appropriate, install drought-resistant turf, trees, and xeric plants. Where possible, use low-water drip irrigation.

Tips, Tricks and How To Information

VIDEOS: Water Conservation Tips, Tricks & How Tos 

How To Fix a Sprinkler Head

 Starting Up Your Sprinklers

Winterizing Your Sprinklers

 Adjusting Sprinkler Heads

Sprinkler System Management


Other Watering

​Turf Information

If the next few months are hot and dry, new turf that was installed last fall may need some irrigation until roots are established.

Tree Information

All of Broomfield's customers are encouraged to water trees and shrubs as needed. Trees and shrubs in City and County parks will also be watered as needed if conditions do turn hot and dry.  For information regarding winter tree watering, click here.

Water Rebates and Audits 

You or your business may qualify for rebates and/or a water conservation assessment if you receive a utility bill from the City and County of Broomfield! Making your home or business more water-efficient is good for the environment, may reduce your water and sewer bill, and saves energy, too.

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