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Lawn Installation and Variances

A lawn, seed, sod, or overseeding variance is required for installation, replacement, patching or renovation of any lawn area 250 square feet or more. There is no fee for a variance.

Since over half of the water used is by customers to water lawns and landscaping, Greeley requires lawn watering variances to establish water-wise lawns and protect your investment.  Because of the low organic matter in Greeley's soil, we require the addition of compost that will result in a healthier and more drought-tolerant turf. The addition of compost will help you save up to 30% more water during the establishment period.

To apply, the homeowner or landscape installer must bring or mail the following items to our office or apply online. The following items must be brought into the office or uploaded online:

  • an original receipt/invoice for seed or sod
  • an original receipt/invoice for compost (not topsoil, amended topsoil, or fertilizer)
  • a photo of rototilling at the site or receipt of tiller purchase/rental

Best Practices
Installing New Seed or Sod
Watering a New Lawn

If you correctly amend your soil and bring proof of the proper installation, we will issue you a variance to water more for 30 days. During the lawn establishment period, your water budget allotment is increased (gallons per square feet) to establish the new lawn.  It is important to note that if you water more than the new lawn needs, you have a leak or water the entire yard the same as the new lawn or water while raining, you can still exceed your water budget. Please note that any days within your billing period before or after the variance period will be billed according to the water budget.  You will get more water but not more water to waste.

Water | Lawn Watering Variances FAQ

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Contact Us

Greeley Water and Sewer

1001 11th Avenue, 2nd Floor
Greeley, CO 80631

Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm

970-350-9811 tel
970-350-9805 fax

Water Conservation

970-336-4168 for Water Budget

Water Quality

Taste, odor, or appearance



Water 7am-3pm970-350-9320
Sewer 7am-3pm970-350-9322
After hours/ weekends970-616-6260

Other Numbers

Billing970-350-9811 (dial 2 for billing clerk)
Start or stop service970-350-9811 (dial 2 for billing clerk)
Water pressure970-350-9320
Water restrictions & violations970-336-4134
Utility line locates811
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