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 an ordinance, there is no lawn watering until April 15.  However, we understand needing to water a little for the reasons mentioned above. 

In 2020, Greeley City Council approved changes to Greeley’s watering restrictions for single-family water budget customers. Changes include adjusting non-watering hours and omitting day-of-the-week watering restrictions for water budget customers.  Download the 2021 Watering Schedule



When installing a new lawn, you must get a lawn watering variance to water more. 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 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.  There is no lawn watering without a variance between January 1 and April 15. It is recommended to stop regular lawn watering in mid-October. However, watering trees during the fall and winter (October through March) is allowed; visit this page for recommendations and best practices.

Single Family Customer on the 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, 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 cycles 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 typeRun time needed2-Cycles
# of minutes each
# of minutes each
Time in between cycles
Spray heads1574-5 45-60 min
Rotors4522 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 66  
 Zone 2 (sprays) south side hot 7  
 Zone 3 (rotors) east morning sun 2020  
 Zone 4 (rotors) 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 5 5 
 Zone 2 (sprays) south side hot 4 5 
 Zone 3 (rotors) east morning sun 1213 13 
 Zone 4 (rotors) west afternoon sun131415 
 Total run time 3437 37 108   

Contact Us

Greeley Water and Sewer

1001 11th Ave, 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 7am-3pm 970-350-9320
Sewer 7am-3pm 970-350-9322
after hours970-616-6260

Other Numbers

billing970-350-9811 (dial 2 for billing clerk)
start or stop service970-350-9811 (dial 2 for billing clerk)
water taste or odor970-350-9836
water pressure970-350-9320
water restrictions & violations970-336-4134
utility line locates811

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