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Landscaping & Outdoor Water Use

The District regulates water use to provide water for customers while conserving water at the same time. 

The normal Water Use Regulations are in effect year-round and apply to all properties from East Vail to Cordillera that receive water service from Eagle River Water & Sanitation District and Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority. Customers receive a copy of the Water Use Regulations each year with their May billing statement. 

Unless a general or localized Water Supply Emergency has been declared, normal water use regulations allow for outdoor water use up to three days per week, per the schedule below.  

Outdoor water use schedule (based on last digit in your street address)

Water Use Schedule

  • The watering day is from midnight to midnight
  • Watering must occur before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. on your watering day
  • Hoses must have water saving shut off nozzles to prevent free running water
  • Swimming pools are limited to one filling per year, unless draining for repairs is necessary
  • Water shall be used for beneficial purposes only

Flagrant runoff, water waste, or other violations of the Water Use Regulations results in the following citations and fines:

1st Offense: Warning letter, email and/or phone call
2nd Offense: $500 fine, letter and a site visit
3rd Offense: $1000 fine and disconnection of water service

During a Water Supply Emergency, warnings are not given for violations and fines are increased. For more information, contact Customer Service at 970-477-5451.

Responsible Landscaping: Doing more with less

There are many ways to maintain a healthy, beautiful landscape and conserve water at the same time.

  • Make sure your outdoor irrigation is timed appropriately. Many irrigation systems run much longer than necessary

  • Use the appropriate method and time duration of irrigation for your landscaping

  • Maximize the efficiency of your sprinkler system  

  • Update/Upgrade your irrigation system with an irrigation audit 

  • Remove non-functional, irrigated lawn and replace it with native, drought tolerant perennials and vegetation. 

Plants native to Colorado are an excellent choice for residential and commercial landscapes. These plants are naturally suited to Colorado’s unique climate and environmental conditions, as well as the soil content. Native species also require less water and fertilizer. Landscaping with native plants also helps maintain Colorado’s biodiversity. 

Here are some resources for more information about native landscaping for our region: 

Click here to learn more about our Reduce Your Use Rebate Program and Water Conservation.