I went to a meeting today concerning our water shortage, and it looks like we will go to two days a week watering. Going to be tough, but we gotta do it. Trending towards one year supply in storage, which is two years of drinking water. Could go to tougher restrictions if necessary. Luckily, we are getting snow right now, but it's not looking like it will hit the areas of mountains that we get a large part of our water from. Colorado received 49% of normal precip in 2012, and 2012 temps were 109% of normal. Much hotter year than we see here, and 2nd warmest on record. Water storage was at 48% capacity January 31. Their graph for containing run off had absolutely no spike last year during the spring run off months. Steady decline. 2012 had highest usage since 2001, and was 7.9% higher than 2011. They want residences to water no more than 3 hours total on their given days, but many lawns are much bigger, and will need much more time. But I think the excessively large lawns need to reconsider how much grass they have, or have transition areas that are not very lush or green. The upper third tier of water usage will have heavy "tariffs" - using their words.