via Denver Post on March 27, 2013
On Monday, Denver returns to a low-water lifestyle that many haven't experienced in more than a decade.
The Denver Board of Water Commissioners on Wednesday declared a Stage 2 drought, with mandatory restrictions on lawn irrigation, hotel laundry, car washing and other nonessential uses.
Residents may water lawns only twice weekly. Restaurants can serve water to customers only when asked. Lodging establishments can wash sheets for long-term guests no more frequently than every four days, unless the customer makes a request.
Cars may be washed only by using a bucket or a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle. Fleet and commercial vehicles may be washed only once a week.
Water-watchers say this drought is worse than in 2002, the last time Stage 2 restrictions were enacted.