City of Greeley Watering Restrictions
The Greeley Water and Sewer Board determines watering restrictions each spring, based on a variety of factors.
Last year, the Water Department relaxed the watering restrictions to allow single family residential customers on the water budget to water any day of the week. This will allow you to watch the weather and respond appropriately. The non-watering hours still apply to all customers between noon and 5 p.m. For all other customers, all watering restrictions still apply.
This winter has been warmer and more dry than average. Trees and shrubs often need additional water, please visit this page for tips. Winter time water budgets will be slightly increased during periods of warm and dry weather to accommodate winter watering.
A lawn variance is required for installation, replacement, patching or renovation of any lawn area over 250 square feet or greater. This includes seed, sod, and over-seeding.
No watering between noon and 5 p.m. There is no lawn watering without a variance between January 1 and April 15.
Single Family Customer on the Water Budget
(Pilot for 2017; subject to change in 2018. Check back in April)
May water any day of the week
Residential Customers not on Water Budget
Even addresses: Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday
Odd addresses: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday
Commercial, Institutional, Industrial, Businesses, Churches, Non-profits, Multifamily, HOAs etc.
Tuesday, Friday, Sunday
Cycle and Soak
This method of watering is very effective to water your lawns and eliminate runoff. If you have a sprinkler clock that has multiple start times, take advantage of it and try the cycle and soak method. For example, instead of running your sprinklers for one long run time, divide it into 2 or 3 shorter cycles and you may find that you can cut down your total minutes run. Make sure that you have a non-watering period of 45-60 minutes in between cycles. It is important not to have it go more than 60 minutes between cycles. (We have seen people splitting cycle between day and evening and that is NOT effective) The first cycle wets the soil and then second and third cycle actually soaks into the root zone.
For a personalized watering schedule, call for a FREE sprinkler system audit or sign up online or call 970-336-4228.
|Sprinkler type||Run time needed||2-Cycles
# of minutes each
# of minutes each
Time in between cycles
|Spray heads||15||7||4-5 ||45-60 min|
|Rotors||45||22 ||13-14 ||45-60 min |
Cycle and Soak example
| Original Schedule || || || |
| || 4 a.m. || || || |
| Zone 1 (sprays) north side shady|| 13|| || || |
| Zone 2 (sprays) south side hot|| 15|| || || |
| Zone 3 (rotors) east morning sun|| 40|| || || |
| Zone 4 (rotors) west afternoon sun|| 45|| || || |
| Total run time|| 113|| || || |
| || || || || |
| New Cycle and Soak (2 cycles)|| || || || |
| || 4 a.m. ||5 a.m. || || |
| Zone 1 (sprays) north side shady|| 6||6|| || |
| Zone 2 (sprays) south side hot|| 7||7 || || |
| Zone 3 (rotors) east morning sun|| 20||20|| || |
| Zone 4 (rotors) west afternoon sun|| 20||24|| || |
| Total run time|| 53||57||110|| |
| || || || || |
| New Cycle and Soak (3 cycles) || || || || |
| || 4 a.m. || 5 a.m. || 6 a.m. || |
| Zone 1 (sprays) north side shady|| 5||5 || 5|| |
| Zone 2 (sprays) south side hot|| 4||5 || 5|| |
| Zone 3 (rotors) east morning sun|| 12||13 ||13|| |
| Zone 4 (rotors) west afternoon sun||13||14||15|| |
| Total run time|| 34||37 ||37 ||108 |