Summers in Pueblo tend to be hot and dry. Customers can be wise water users if they follow a few easy suggestions:
Smart Watering Times
Water before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m. to get the most out of your efforts. Watering during the heat of the day leads to undo evaporation.
Water Deeper, Less Often
Whether you water by hand or use a sprinkler system, it is better for your lawn -- and your water bill -- if you water longer but for a shorter period of time. Many experts say that watering your lawn just three days a week is sufficient.
Concrete and Rocks Don't Grow
Make sure your sprinkler heads and hoses are covering your grass, shrubs and flowers rather than your rock beds, sidewalks and driveways.
Fall & Winter Tips
Winter weather in Pueblo is oftentimes fairly mild, but occasionally Mother Nature reminds us that this is Colorado and temperatures can be on the frigid side. To be prepared, Pueblo Water recommends the following:
Don’t wait until pipes freeze. Frozen pipes can burst and result in more than a temporary inconvenience - not to mention added costs for repairs. Save time and money by insulating, or checking insulation as soon as possible.
If you have had problems with frozen water lines in the past, in addition to insulating exposed pipes, sealing gaps and openings in basements and crawl spaces is an effective means of avoiding freeze-problems.
Circulating water doesn’t freeze and the cost of a small trickle of water (just above the drip stage) will be low in comparison to the cost of having a service line repaired or replaced.
Drain water lines to outdoor faucets and disconnect garden hoses from faucets.
Sprinkler Systems and Swamp Cooler
Drain all water from sprinkler system and shut off supply. Shut off supply line to swamp cooler, then disconnect and drain supply line. Optional: cover cooler to minimize heat loss.
Your Water Meter
Report broken or missing meter lid to the Pueblo Water Service Department, 719-584-0210. The water meter will be safe from freezing if the dead air space is maintained around it. Do not tamper with the meter itself as you may be responsible for the cost of any damage incurred. If you suspect a problem with the meter, contact Pueblo Water. There is no charge for a professional service worker to come out to your property.
Your Main Shutoff Valve
Before a pipe breaks is the time to locate your shutoff valve. Learn how to turn it off and educate others in your household. If our service worker can help in this regard, just let us know.
During the Winter?
Ask a friend to check your property while you’re away, and let them know it’s OK to call on Pueblo Water for assistance if the need arises.