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Mandatory water restrictions not on tap

Mandatory water restrictions not on tap

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Good news for your yard and your wallet: Colorado Springs Utilities says mandatory water restrictions are not on tap this year.

Springs Utilities says it has enough water supply to last 2.3 years. CSU is asking people to water wisely. The message is "let's be optimistic, but let's be realistic." Southern Colorado is a dry climate. Saving water now will only help us in the long-run.

"It definitely makes it nice to have a green lawn," said Colorado Springs resident Justin York.

"It's a lot nicer to not have to worry about it, especially if you need to use the extra water for something else, if your kids need baths all the time," said resident Erica Lam.

Springs Utilities is not talking mandatory water restrictions this year.

"We do feel like we're in a better place that we were last year," said Colorado Springs Utilities spokesperson Patrice Lehermeier.

However, that doesn't mean you should get carried away. While we aren't in restrictions now, we ask folks to continue to use it wisely and maybe expect a couple years down the road, we could be in restrictions again, said Lehermeier.

CSU also says you should water your lawn no more than three days a week and in the spring, once a week is good enough.

Timberline Landscaping recommends you turn on the sprinklers in cycles.

"The soil will only take up so much water at a time. So it will let that water permeate down through and then absorb and then cycle again," said Kevin Hunt, business development for Timberline Landscaping.

CSU has three tiers to charge its customers. Without water restrictions, you won't have to pay more this year for a rate surcharge if you use more water than the third tier.

There's a quick fix for dry lawns you can try at home called Lawn Tonic.

-          1 full can of soda: any flavor, but not diet

-          1 full 12 ounce can of regular beer, not light beer

-          1/2 cup of liquid dishwashing soap, not anti-bacterial

-          1/2 cup of household ammonia

-          1/2 cup of mouthwash

You pour it into a hose-end sprayer large enough to hold that much liquid and apply about every three weeks.

Here's the science behind the formula: the liquid soap is a wetting agent and helps the formula penetrate the roots. The ammonia promotes growth and turns your lawn green. The mouthwash does something you would never suspect mouthwash would do: it kills the bugs and grubs.

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