Drought Management

Drought Restrictions

  1. Currently, there are no drought restrictions in the Town of Castle Rock. Thank you for being water wise.

Drought Management Planning


The Town’s water supply includes renewable water. While renewable water is more sustainable in the long run, it's more heavily affected by weather conditions. Castle Rock Water has developed a Drought Management Plan to adjust for times of abnormally dry weather and times when there are not sufficient supplies to satisfy typical customer water demands. 

The main purpose of the Drought Management Plan is to preserve essential public services and minimize the adverse effects of drought on public health and safety, economic activity, environmental resources, and individual lifestyles during a drought event. The restrictions are administered in prescribed stages and address all water users. Read the full plan

Drought Condition Stages


Drought stages will be announced if the community begins experiencing excessively dry weather that could impact renewable water supplies. Drought stages are detailed below and will be announced on this webpage above, the homepage of CRgov and the Town's social media platforms.

Stage 1 – Advisory


Goal: 10 percent water savings through voluntary use reductions
Primary action: Strict adherence to standard irrigation practices that promote efficient water use

Stage 2 – Watch


Goal: 25 percent water savings 
Primary action: Outdoor watering limited to two days per week, including hand watering, and no exemptions for Water Wiser participants

Stage 3 – Warning


Goal: 40 percent water savings
Primary action: Outdoor watering limited to one day per week, including hand watering, and no exemptions for Water Wiser participants

Stage 4 – Emergency


Goal: 50 percent water savings
Primary action: All outdoor watering/irrigation is banned

Stage 5 – Crisis


Goal: 60+ percent water savings 
Primary actions: All outdoor watering/irrigation is banned, plus some indoor water use restrictions

Read the specific staged drought management actions.

Water Use Priorities


The drought restrictions apply to all customers, however, specific actions are delineated by need. Essential uses for the health and safety of the community were given the highest priority. Water uses for existing business (in the form of indoor use) were assigned a second priority. Outdoor irrigation, water use for public spaces, and residential and commercial water supplies were assigned lower priorities.
Priority End Use Description
1 Health and Safety Indoor residential, water treatment plant, hydrants (for emergency use), wastewater treatment plants, schools, hospitals and other emergency services.
2 Business Indoor Use Indoor use by the commercial and public sector including stores, offices, hotels, restaurants, etc.
3 Outdoor Irrigation - Public Spaces Parks, sports fields, landscapes, swimming pools, HOA parks, and open/recreational spaces. Trees prioritized over turf. Outdoor commercial business or business enterprise (including golf courses), as well as construction purposes.
4 Outdoor Irrigation - Residential and Commercial Outdoor irrigation in the single- and multi-family residences, and public and commercial sectors (including car wash facilities). HOA streetscapes/greenbelts. Reasonable environmental protection.