Ever since 2011, the Town of Golden has had year round watering restrictions, however there are many homeowners who are unaware of them.
“For the most part people are fairly compliant of the restrictions, but it’s an ongoing education process,” said Chris Cochran, manager of operations for the Town of Golden.
The Water System Rates and Regulations Bylaw, passed in 2011, limits the watering of lawns and gardens to every second day. Homes with even numbered addresses may water on even numbered days, and homes with odd numbered addresses may water on odd numbered days. On the allotted days, people may water between the hours of 4 and 10 a.m., and 7 and 10 p.m.
If the home has an automated irrigation system, watering must be between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m., and only on the permitted odd or even days.
The exception to this rule is hand held watering, which means at any time you are permitted to water your garden or lawn with a hand held container, or a hose with a spring-loaded shutoff nozzle.
“There’s also an exception if you’re establishing new grass seed or turf,” said Cochran.
The bylaw states, “If a water user has placed new sod on the premises, has a newly seeded lawn, or otherwise needs to use water outside the restriction to foster similar new growth or landscaping, the water user may apply to the Manager of Operations for a Watering Variance Permit to water outside the restrictions.”
The Manager of Operations will consider the request, and if granted, the water user may water outside of the restrictions for up to 21 days.
These restrictions are in place both to conserve water, primarily for fire storage, but also to put less strain on the Town’s infrastructure, and keep the pumping costs as low as possible.
To see the Water Systems Rates and Regulations Bylaw in its entirety, go to www.golden.ca.