Water Demand Management Strategy
Paint Brush Hills Metropolitan District’s (PBHMD) ‘Demand Management’ strategy is in place for outdoor water use in Paint Brush Hills. The Board encourages residents to practice voluntary water conservation and observe scheduled irrigation times in an effort to reduce inefficient water use.
The District requests that residential and commercial landscape irrigation be limited to three days a week based on your street address as follows:
- Odd-numbered street addresses: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
- Even-numbered street addresses: Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday
Minimizing Unnecessary Water Loss
This sensible practice is to be observed regardless of weather conditions. Please adjust your sprinklers to water either early morning (before 10 a.m.) or late evening (after 6 p.m.) to minimize unnecessary water loss. Don’t inadvertently water driveways, streets, or rock beds. Remember to cut back or eliminate watering during rainy periods. Drip irrigation systems for trees/shrubs can be used any day of the week. Low-volume hand water (for trees/plants/shrubs) is also acceptable any day using a watering can or garden hose equipped with a trigger nozzle.
Scheduling neighborhood irrigation times helps us plan work/rest times for our wells and more easily manage the water levels in our storage tanks, which is important when you consider the following facts:
- Anywhere between 57% to 70% of total water usage during May through September goes to irrigation.
- The total capacity in our water storage tanks is 1,500,000 gallons.
- We need to maintain the tanks at just over 1/3-full (approximately 525,000 gallons) in order to ensure adequate fire protection for Paint Brush Hills residents.
- Total usage for the entire Paint Brush Hills neighborhood can be as much as 15,000,000 gallons during the hotter months of the summer.
The District’s ‘Demand Management’ strategy also serves as a reminder that we live in a semi-arid region -- while a water shortage does not currently exist, long-term ‘abuse’ of our water supplies can jeopardize their future sustainability. Customers should also be aware that voluntary water conservation measures, can help reduce depletion of the aquifers (our major water source), minimize the need for supplementary sources, and help hold down future water rate increases.