Drought Status

After a winter with more snowfall than usual and, not to mention, a slew of avalanches and a “Bomb Cyclone”, we may be out of the woods. According to the most recent update of the NIDIS Drought Monitor, all but 0.01% of Colorado is no longer experiencing drought.

In mid-May, snowpack in the Colorado River watershed was tracking at 158% of normal and snowpack in the South Platte River watershed was at 138% of normal. High snowpack is a great indicator that we will remain out of a drought but is never a guarantee. Winds could blow the snow to other areas in which high temps could evaporate it before it becomes usable water. Also, snowmelt will only fill the streams and reservoirs after the soil is saturated adequately.

The district will continue to work with Denver Water on monitoring the watersheds and will provide updates to our customers through our website and social media channels.

In the meantime, we would like to remind you that Outdoor Watering Rules are in effect, having started on May 1st. Following these rules can help preserve reservoir levels thus reducing risks of future water restrictions while leaving your landscape healthy and nourished. The rules are as follows:

  • Water during cooler times of the day — lawn watering is NOT allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Water no more than three days per week.
  • Do not allow water to pool in gutters, streets and alleys.
  • Do not waste water by letting it spray on concrete and asphalt.
  • Repair leaking sprinkler systems within 10 days.
  • Do not irrigate while it is raining or during high winds.
  • Use a hose nozzle with a shut-off valve when washing your car.


Should you have any questions about these outdoor watering rules, please contact the district at 303-979-2333.