Donala Water and Sanitation customers are now limited to watering two days a week.
Colorado Springs City Council approved “stage two” of the Water Shortage Ordinance for Colorado Springs Utility customers and because Donala has a contract for water transfer through the Northgate connection, Donala customers are required to comply with the twice a week irrigation schedule.
Donala has their own watering standards program. Customers have been on restrictions for the past couple of years with mandatory watering limits to three times per week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The new schedule limits users to two days a week, putting Donala at “stage three,” beginning April 1.
“It will remain until further notice,” Kip Petersen, assistant manager for Donala said.
The water district will follow an odd-even program. Odd day users can water on Monday and Friday, and even day users can water Tuesday and Saturday. There is no watering on Sunday. Customers can still use a hose to water plants, shrubs and trees as long as the hose has a positive shut-off nozzle which shuts the hose off when not in use.
Petersen said watering only twice a week will not cause lawns to die.
“A lot of experts we talked to said it’s not a problem. Lawns may look brown and dusty but they’re not dead just dormant,” Petersen said.
The next phase would be “stage four,” which puts Donala customers at no watering until further notice. However, Petersen believes the district will not go to a “stage four” restriction.