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Posted on: January 6, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Prairie Smart Watering


Pueblo West is an arid region that receives only 12 inches of rainfall each year versus the US average of 38 inches. Our primary source of drinking water is Twin Lakes, located just south of Leadville. With an arid climate and limited drinking water supplies, it is essential to use water wisely, especially during dry years where there is an even greater need to conserve. 

Pueblo West Metropolitan District recommends Prairie-Smart Watering practices that can save water and reduce your water bill. 

Top 5 Tips 

Water only before 8 am or after 7 pm. 

Water no more than three days per week. 

Check your sprinklers for leaks, overspray, and misting. 

Use the “cycle and soak” method.

Replace lawn areas with native and drought-tolerant plants. 

Watering Guidelines

Watering before 8 am or after 7 pm reduces water loss from evaporation and wind by up to 90 percent.  To achieve a deep root system in your lawn (making it stronger and more drought-resistant), water no more than three days per week. Our watering guide shows you how many days per week to water and how much water to apply based on the average temperature each month. 

Irrigation & Sprinkler Maintenance

A well-designed and efficient irrigation system can cut outdoor water use by 60 percent or more. Check your sprinklers regularly for leaks, overspray, and misting. Use a timing device with any watering system or consider using a smart controller to ensure you are only watering for the time and amount of water your landscape needs.

Cycle & Soak 

The soil in Pueblo West is made up of heavy clay that tends to hold water for longer periods of time compared to other soils. The cycle and soak approach breaks up your total watering time into three intervals, spaced at least 30 minutes apart. This allows water to soak into the soil before running off, promoting deeper root growth and healthier plants. 

What to Plant 

Replace thirsty lawn areas with drought-tolerant plants such as native species that require much less water and thrive in Colorado’s climate. Native plants provide pops of color to your garden and are a welcoming habitat for birds, bees, and butterflies.

Plant Select is the leading source of plants designed to succeed in the high plains and Rocky Mountain Region. These plants are resilient, flourish with minimal water, and provide long-lasting beauty. 

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