Mandatory Water Use Restrictions Are in Effect

Due to mechanical and technical failures of some of our Well Systems we are implementing Water Use Restrictions in accordance with Hildale: Sec 51-73 Colorado City: Sec 51.102

With the help of our families and neighbors we can quickly lift our Water Restrictions!

Stage 2: Mandatory Water Restriction

  • Order shall begin at 6:00 PM MDT on April 29th 2020
  • Order shall end when Water Tank Levels are at 15% PUBLIC NOTICE SHALL BE GIVEN
  • Reduction Goal: 15% to 20% of Total System Demand
  • Mandatory Restrictions:
    • All parks, schools and cemeteries will be allowed to water every other day during permitted hours. *First Authorized Watering Day Will Be April 30th at 6:00 PM to 9:00 AM the following day*
    • Residential and commercial water users will be allowed to water outside during permitted hours on an odd/even concept as determined by address (i.e., even addresses water on even days, etc.). *Odd addresses are authorized to water on odd days from 6:00 PM to 9:00 AM the following day; Even addresses are authorized to water on even days from 6:00 PM to 9:00 AM the following day*
    • Noncommercial car washing requires using a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
    • Use of water for street and driveway washing will not be permitted.
    • No planting any new grass, sod or other new landscaping.
    • Water shall be served at restaurants only upon request

Stage 1: Reduction in Water Use

  • Order shall begin when Stage 2 Water Restrictions are lifted and/or declared by Utility Board.
  • Order shall end when Water Tank Levels are at 25% and adequate capacity can be ensured or determined by the Utility Board
  • Reduction Goal: 10% of Total System Demand
  • Mandatory restrictions:
    • No outside spray irrigation use of water between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • Suggested voluntary conservation methods:
  1. Inside:
    1. Fix dripping and leaking faucets and toilets. A leak in the toilet can waste more than 100 gallons of water a day.
    2. Don’t let the water run while shaving. Filling the sink basin when shaving uses one gallon of water, letting the water run uses five to ten gallons.
    3. Don’t flush the toilet unnecessarily. Consider installing water-saving toilets. Water-saving toilets use 1.6 gallons of water, standard toilets use five to seven gallons of water each time they are flushed.
    4. Take shorter showers or fill the bathtub only part way. Long showers waste five to ten gallons of water every minute.
    5. Consider installing low-flow showerheads.
    6. Don’t run the water while brushing teeth. Turning the water off while brushing your teeth can save 1.5 to 3.5 gallons of water.
    7. Don’t run the tap to make water hot or cold. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator so you don’t have to run the tap to get a cool drink of water.
    8. Wash only full loads of dishes and laundry. A dishwasher uses approximately 25 gallons of water; a washing machine uses 30 to 35 gallons of water per cycle.
    9. Consider replacing any appliance that utilizes water with a low-flow type appliance if such appliance is not already low flow.
    10. Reduce or eliminate the use of the garbage disposal.
    11. Wash fruits and vegetables in a basin instead of under running water.
    12. Notify hotel and restaurant patrons of water conservation goals.
    13. Serve water at restaurants only upon request.
    14. Encourage all hotels, motels, inns and bed and breakfast establishments to change sheets no more than every four days for guests staying that long, unless necessary or specifically requested by the guest.
    15. Adjust temperatures in buildings with water-cooled air conditioners to require less water.
    16. Use of reuse water for construction purposes if it is available.
  2. Outside:
    1. Raise your lawn mower cutting height. Longer grass needs less water.
    2. Delay planting any new grass, sod or other new landscaping.
    3. Don’t fill swimming pools. If possible, cover the swimming pool; an uncovered pool will lose 900 to 3,000 gallons of water a month to evaporation, a covered pool losses 300 to 1,000 gallons a month.
    4. Use mulch around shrubs and garden plants to save soil moisture.
    5. Use a hose with a shut off nozzle if washing cars at home or wash at a facility that recycles water. Washing the car with the hose running uses 100 to 200 gallons of water.
    6. Sweep sidewalks and steps rather than hosing.
    7. Aerate turf areas.
    8. Know your plants’ water requirements and apply only the amount required for good plant health.
    9. Monitor evapotranspiration (ET) data. Know how much moisture is lost to ET as this is what needs to be replaced back into the soil for good plant health.
    10. Monitor soil moisture to determine if watering is needed.
    11. Water between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.
    12. Avoid watering on windy days or midday when the evaporation rate is the highest.
    13. Keep fire hydrants closed.
    14. Repair leaks in hoses, pipes, faucets and connections.
    15. Limit operation of non-recycling fountains.
    16. Limit city fleet washing by 30 percent to 50 percent.

If you have questions please direct them to harrisonj@hccud.com or call us at 435-874-2323 during the hours of Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM