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Drought Watch

Current Northglenn Drought LevelCapture
Stage 1: Voluntary Restrictions
Please voluntarily reduce water use. Our goal is to use 10% less water citywide than an average year during Stage 1 to prevent worsening supply conditions.

As you can see from the graphic at right, Standley Lake water storage (Northglenn's main water source) is below average.

Drought Levels Explained
Normal Conditions
No restrictions, though residents and businesses are always encouraged to conserve water.

Stage 1: Voluntary Restrictions
What triggers this stage? Below average storage in Standley Lake, U.S. Drought Monitor indicates drought conditions, below average storage in the South Platte basin, below average snowpack
What  are residents and businesses asked to do? Aim to lower your water usage 10%.

  • Water during the coolest part of the day, before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
  • Water no more than three times per week.
  • Don’t wash sidewalks, patios, or siding with a hose.
  • Don’t let excessive water run in the gutter.
  • Fix water leaks
  • Install water-saving fixtures (you may qualify for a rebate)


Stage 2: Mandatory Restrictions
What triggers this stage? Well below average storage in Standley Lake, U.S. Drought Monitor indicates extreme-exceptional drought conditions, decreases in water basins and snowpack, Stage 1 conservation targets not met
What are the possible restrictions?  Turf irrigation limits, reduce/cease park irrigation, drought surcharges for overuse, no car washing on private property, outreach to largest water users to identify water conservation strategies.

Stage 3: Turf Irrigation Ban
What triggers this stage? Very low June water levels in Standley Lake, U.S. Drought Monitor indicates extreme-exceptional drought conditions,  multi-year drought conditions, low/no snowpack, low reservoirs, Stage 2 conservation targets not met.
What are the possible restrictions? No turf or landscaping irrigation, limited hand watering of trees, drought surcharges for overuse, installation of restriction devices/shut off taps for non-compliant water users, no new turf/landscaping in the city, no no water service connections permitted.

Stage 4: Emergency Rationing
What triggers this stage? This stage is very unlikely and would be all-time lows of the above mentioned measures.
What are the possible restrictions? All of the above to a stricter degree,  swimming pools and commercial car washes closed. 

See Also
Draft Northglenn Drought Mitigation Plan
Colorado drought map