Water Conservation

How can you impact water conservation?

Reducing indoor and outdoor water use saves energy, reduces our carbon footprint, and protects the regional supply - and using less water saves you money.  Visit our Water Conservation Tips webpage to find conservation ideas. 

Watch this short video to learn about some simple ways you can make a big impact.

North Metro water suppliers urge residents to implement water reduction actions

North Metro, Boulder County, and the City and County of Broomfield water suppliers, including the City of Arvada, City of Boulder, City of Lafayette, City of Longmont, City of Louisville, Northglenn, Town of Superior, Town of Erie, Left Hand Water District, City of Thornton and Westminster 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.

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droplet of water with earth insideWater Conservation Ordinance

Lafayette City Council enacted a permanent water conservation ordinance 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 golf course, athletic fields, and commercial agriculture
  • Excessive overrun of water onto any area not covered by vegetation such as sidewalks, curbs, driveways, streets, and other paved areas is prohibited
  • Washing down paved areas such as driveways with a hose is not allowed

What does "hand watering" include?

Hand watering is the manual use of a hose equipped with an automatic shutoff nozzle. The hose must be attended at all times while water is running. Hand watering does not include attaching a hose to a sprinkler, manually operating an irrigation system, or placing a hose with running water on the ground.


This ordinance applies to all City of Lafayette, in-city and out-of-city, municipal water customers. Fines will be assessed to water customers disregarding the permanent water conservation ordinance regulations.

  1. Two warnings will be issued and the third infraction will result in a municipal summons
  2. First conviction: mandatory minimum fine of $100 plus court costs
  3. Second conviction: mandatory minimum fine of $250 plus court costs
  4. Third conviction: mandatory minimum fine of $500 plus court costs

Water Conservation Programs

Explore the many programs offered to residents by the Public Works Department to help conserve water.

Water Conservation Plan

The Public Works Department has updated the 2010 Water Conservation Plan. This plan entails programs which benefit you, the consumer, as well as measures that call upon the City for better stewardship of our shared resources. The plan was approved by City Council in April 2019

Please take a moment to read the 2018 Water Conservation Plan.

Read the Plan

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