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The City of Gillette Water Waste Ordinance is in effect from June 1st through October 1st. If you would like to alert staff of a situation that is occurring regarding noncompliance to the Ordinance or non-adherence to the Voluntary Watering Schedule, please click on the link below to submit a follow up request.


Drought Conditions

Northeast Wyoming continues to feel the effects of drought conditions. In addition our community is experiencing significant growth. The City of Gillette is mindful of our water resources and encourages our citizens to become Water Wise. By reshaping irrigating habits and learning how to better conserve this precious resource, you the citizen can aid in reducing the water consumption within the City water system. Please see the tips below that you and your family can use to conserve water.

 

SUMMER WATERING SCHEDULE

Watering Schedule 

Follow the Water Schedule for your Address:

  • Even Number Addresses water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
    Odd Number Addresses water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 
  • No Watering allowed on Mondays. (Against City Code June 1st through October 1st)
  • 7 — 7 - Only water between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Evaporation occurs most during the daylight hours.

NEW GRASS SEED & SOD 

  • New Grass-Seed-Sod Watering Exemption- A sign can be obtained if new grass, seed or sod has been planted granting further watering privileges. Signs can be obtained by calling the City of Gillette Utilities at (307) 686-5276. Sod can be watered 5 times a day, every day, for 2 weeks, then 5 times a day, every other day, during the third week. Seed can be watered 5 times a day, every day, for 3 weeks, then 5 times a day, every other day, during the fourth week. Following the privilege period, the normal watering schedule must be followed and the sign must be returned.

SUMMER WATERING TIPS 

  • Choose an Automatic Irrigation System - An automatic sprinkler system can be set to water the lawn for a specific amount of time. If you don't have an automatic sprinkler system, set a kitchen timer. Outdoor faucets can flow at rates as high as 300 gallons per hour and can create a lot of waste. 
  • Use a soil probe to test soil moisture - Water only when a soil probe shows dry soil or a screw driver is difficult to push into the soil. 
  • Don't water the pavement - Position sprinklers so that water lands on the lawn or garden, not in areas where it is not needed. Also avoid watering when it is windy. Wind causes water to evaporate quickly and blows water onto areas where it is not needed . 
  • Consider drip irrigation systems around trees and shrubs - Drip systems permit water to flow slowly to roots, encouraging strong root systems. These systems also cut down evaporation. 
  • Mow as infrequently as possible and higher than normal - Mowing puts the grass under stress that requires more water. Longer leaf surfaces promote deeper rooting and shade the root zone. Never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade in one mowing. Return mulched clippings to the lawn. 
  • Use a broom to clean the driveway and sidewalk - Sweeping the driveway and sidewalk will get them clean enough without wasting water. 
  • Plant drought resistant trees and plants - Landscape with plants that require less water. These plants can be very attractive and can survive drought better than turf. 
  • Use a cistern or rain barrel to collect rainwater - Store collected water and siphon it off to water garden areas or flower beds. 
  • Have your irrigation system audited by a professional to determine the most efficient use of your water. 
  • Reduce your outside monthly water use by 10%. 
  • Contact your local nursery or Master Gardener for plant suggestions that require less water and are Campbell County friendly.