Reducing indoor and outdoor water use saves energy, reduces our carbon footprint, and protects the regional supply - and using less water saves you money.
Water Conservation Programs for residents
The City of Lafayette delivers no-cost and affordable outdoor water conservation programs for your home through our partnership with local non-profit Resource Central.
Choose one or all three programs through Resource Central
- Lawn Removal. Check out the Lawn Removal program for discounts when a section of your lawn is removed.
- Garden In a Box. Starting March 1, garden kits start at $119 with a $25 discount available to Lafayette residents.
- Slow the Flow. Schedule a consultation for a free outdoor irrigation system evaluation.
Lafayette's water conservation ordinance
Lafayette City Council enacted a permanent water conservation ordinance into the City's Municipal Code on Nov. 6, 2013, putting in place watering restrictions to protect the City’s water resources. It was determined that these practices are beneficial conservation practices for Lafayette regardless of drought conditions.
- No watering of outdoor landscaping between the hours of 10am and 6pm except:
- Watering by hand with a hose equipped with an automatic shut-off valve
- City-owned facilities: golf course, athletic fields
- Commercial agriculture
- (Effective June 2022) Outdoor irrigation is limited to a maximum of three days per week
- No overrun of water onto any area not covered by vegetation such as sidewalks, curbs, driveways, streets, and other paved areas
- No washing of paved areas such as driveways with a hose
Water Conservation Plan
The City's 2018 Water Conservation Plan includes programs that benefit residents, local businesses, and our community.
Watch water conservation videos
Learn more about water conservation by reviewing the videos about our programs and hearing from a Lafayette resident about her experience with the Garden in a Box program.
Water conservation tips
Residents are encouraged to implement water reduction actions
North Metro water suppliers urge residents to implement water reduction actions are urging residents to consider ways to reduce water use at their home or business as spring and summer approach. Learn more about these recommendations to reduce water use, save money, and protect future water supplies.
The following are standard recommendations to help customers reduce water use, save money and protect future water supplies.
- Wait to water lawns. Don't turn on sprinklers too early in the season. Leaving lawns dormant longer will save water, and will not compromise the longevity of your lawn. April is too early to go automatic, plan on programming your sprinkler system to start in May or June. Hand-water trees and plants as needed – trees offer many benefits such as shade and habitat, and are often greatly impacted by drought, so keep an eye on the health of your trees and water them when needed.
- Water less frequently. Watering twice a week will make grass roots grow deeper and allow the grass to last longer without water. Cycling sprinkler system run times can prevent excess water runoff; visual inspections after an initial watering cycle will make this apparent. An example of a better watering schedule is setting each zone to water for five minutes then wait an hour, water for five minutes again, wait one more hour then water for a final five minutes. This breaks up the 15 minutes of watering into three cycles, allowing the water to have time to absorb into dense and compact soils.
- Water in the evening, night or early morning. Watering landscapes in the early morning or at night will help reduce water loss. During the daytime heat, less water will be available to plants due to loss from evaporation and wind. Please check with your local water provider for your current water restrictions, including watering hours.
- When it rains, water accordingly. Watch the weather and adjust watering days and times accordingly. Use soil moisture sensors or rain sensors to automatically adjust watering schedules when it rains. Consider installing a WaterSense Smart Irrigation Controller. Check with your water supplier for potential rebates on irrigation equipment and other opportunities.
- Let grass grow longer before cutting it. Raise lawn mower blades and protect lawns from heat by letting grass grow longer (3-3.5”). A taller lawn provides shade to the roots and helps retain soil moisture, so your lawn requires less water.
- Water lawns, plants and trees - not roads and sidewalks. Check to see if your irrigation heads are broken, tilted or not set-up properly by scheduling an irrigation assessment. Sweep driveways and sidewalks with a broom instead of spraying with a hose – but please not down the storm drain or into the street gutter. Use hand-watering, deep root watering, or drip irrigation for trees, shrubs, bushes, perennial beds, annual flowers and vegetable gardens. Always use a shut-off nozzle on your hose when watering plants.
- Fix leaks. Check your sprinkler system monthly for broken sprinkler heads and damaged irrigation lines. Hire a professional to conduct a sprinkler assessment – check with your water supplier, many have low cost or no cost sprinkler assessment programs for their community. A well maintained system will save both money and water.
- Plan ahead and plan efficiently. If possible, delay new lawn installations for a non-drought year and avoid planting during the mid-summer heat. If you’ve already purchased a water-wise garden this year, plant early in the morning or evening in May. Incorporate water-wise plants and turf when planning landscape renovations or installations.