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City of Greeley Watering Restrictions

The Greeley Water and Sewer Board determine watering restrictions each spring, at the April Board meeting.  Declaring an adequate water year or drought year is based on several factors:

  • Snowpack
  • Colorado-Big Thompson quota (C-BT)
  • Long-term weather projections
  • Water storage

At this time, we do not anticipate drought restrictions, but it is important to practice restraint and let plants wake up for spring naturally and not to start watering too early. According to ordinance, there is no lawn watering until April 15. 

In 2020, Greeley City Council approved changes to Greeley’s watering restrictions for single-family water budget customers. Changes include adjusting non-watering hours (10a.m.-6 p.m. and omitting day-of-the-week watering restrictions for water budget customers only.  Download the 2022 Watering Schedule


When installing a new lawn, you must get a lawn watering variance. If you properly prepare your soil with compost and rototill it in, you will be given a larger water budget or more days to a week to water to get it established.  We require 4 cubic yards of compost for every 1,000 square feet of lawn.

Watering Restrictions

  • No watering is allowed between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • There is no lawn watering without a variance between January 1 and April 15.
  • We recommend stopping regular lawn watering in mid-October. However, watering trees October through March is allowed. Following these tree watering recommendations and best practices can help keep your landscape healthy and attractive.

Residential Customers on a Water Budget

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, Places of Worship, 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. Rather than running your sprinklers for one long run time, divide it into 2 or 3 shorter cycles, and you may find that you may be able to 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 customers splitting cycles between day and evening and that is NOT effective)  The first cycle wets the soil, and then second and third cycles soak into the root zone.

For a personalized watering schedule, request a free sprinkler system audit online or call 970-336-4228.

Sprinkler TypeTotal Run
Time Needed
(# minutes)
2 Cycles
(#  min. each)
3 Cycles
(# min. each)
Time Between Cycles
Spray heads1574-5 45-60 min
Rotor, Impact, or Rotary 4522 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 (rotary) 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 66  
 Zone 2 (sprays) south side hot 7  
 Zone 3 (rotors) east morning sun 2020  
 Zone 4 (rotary) west afternoon sun 2024  
 Total run time 5357110 
 New Cycle and Soak (3 cycles)                 
  4 a.m.       5 a.m.      6 a.m.      
 Zone 1 (sprays) north side shady 4 4  4 
 Zone 2 (sprays) south side hot 4 4   4 
 Zone 3 (rotors) east morning sun121212 
 Zone 4 (rotary) west afternoon sun131313 
 Total run time 3333 33102   


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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