Dolores and the surrounding areas are experiencing extreme drought conditions with limited run off coming down the Dolores River. Predictions are that the Dolores River Basin runoff forecast is between 50 and 60 percent of normal. Agricultural users face water restrictions.
The Town of Dolores and all area water users need to join together in conserving our water supply. The Town of Dolores is in a very intricate part of the water supply chain. Several conservation measures can be used that reduce lawn-watering demands and water conservation. Applying only the minimum amount of water the lawn or garden needs will help conserve a considerable amount of water.
BEST WATERING PRACTICES - Lawns and/or gardens should be watered in the early morning hours between 3:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. or late evening between 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Use a goal of applying approximately one inch or less of water per week on the lawn. Wetting the soil 4 to 6 inches deep, with several days between watering will develop deeper and more solid roots. Whenever possible, any other water conservation tips for lawns should be followed.
TOWN PARK WATERING – The Town’s Parks Staff has scheduled all watering for parks to be done during the nighttime hours and will cut watering times to every other day. All measures will be taken by the Town to cut back on watering if the drought continues to intensify.
In-Home Water Conservation – There are many water conservation can be practiced in the home that will save water. Some of these include taking quicker showers, not letting the water run while shaving or brushing your teeth, and only running full loads of clothes or dishes.
Lawn Watering Conservation – Some basic lawn watering conservation rules are:
- Water in early morning and evening hours – not during the heat of the day. Avoid the hours between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
- Water lawns and landscaping only – not streets, sidewalks, or driveways.
- Avoid watering during windy weather – this wastes water due to increased evaporation and blows the water away from the intended area.
- Keep your grass height at 21/2 to 3 inches. Taller grass will hold water better. Leave grass clippings on the lawn to form a temporary layer of mulch to conserve moisture.
- Mow often enough to cut only 25% of the length – this prevents excessive shock that causes grass to turn yellow.
- Monitor your lawn to water only when needed – typically when grass blades begin to look dull and bluish gray.
Do Not Allow Wasted Water
- Do not allow water to reach into the street when watering laws.
- Do not allow hoses to run unattended.
- Fix leaks in the plumbing immediately.
- Report any suspected water main leaks immediately to 882-7720.