To help protect the City’s water supply, restrictions for irrigation and outdoor water use were approved by Brighton City Council in a unanimous vote during the March 7 City Council meeting. The restrictions will be in effect from May 1 until Sept. 30 each year.
Irrigation will be limited to three days per week under the following schedule:
- Even street address may irrigate only on Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday
- Odd street addresses may irrigate only on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday
- Unassigned addresses (tracts) may irrigate only on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday
The following restrictions also apply from May 1 until Sept 30:
- Irrigation is prohibited for all customer classes between the hours of 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Sod installation or replacement of sod is prohibited for areas exceeding 200 square feet
- Waste of water is prohibited, including allowing water to pool in a gutter, street, or on property
For customers found in violation of the restrictions, a four-strike system will apply. A written notice will follow a first or second violation. A third offense will be subject to a $125 fine for water taps up to 1 inch, a $500 fine for taps between 1.5 to 4 inches, or a $1,500 fine for taps greater than 4 inches. Fines can be disputed as provided in the ordinance. A fourth violation will result in a municipal summons and mandatory court appearance.
The water restrictions are meant to help the City achieve its water conservation goal of a 20-percent reduction in water demand over the irrigation season. The restrictions have many other benefits, including allowing for scheduled usage, reserving water supply for emergency situations, creating less strain on the system, and reduced risk of system pressure loss due to high demand.
If you have questions, please contact the Utilities Department at 303-655-2243.