As part of voluntary water conservation efforts, Arvada residents were recently asked not to water their lawns between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Understandably, the City has received a number of calls asking why we haven’t followed our own advice in our City Parks. The primary reason why watering often occurs in parks during those daylight hours is that given the many hundreds of acres that require watering and the number of irrigation zones in any given park, there are simply not enough hours between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. to complete the cycle.
Another reason daytime watering occurs in places like the Stenger/Lutz complex is due to the high use of the complex on weekends and three-day holiday periods. During these periods the turf areas lose the base level of soil moisture required for plant health and player safety, thus requiring additional watering during weekdays when the fields are not in use.
Finally, annual seed/sod repair and grounds rehabilitation can account for short watering cycles throughout the day at specific locations. For example, when the City upgrades a median by putting in new seed, plants and trees, additional watering may be required to get the landscaping established.
The City does monitor its usage and works to keep volume below its historical use. We are proud to say that as a whole our Parks Department is using less water on the whole than it would in a regular year.
Thank you for your contributions – together we can make a difference!