With summer finally producing hot days, water districts are reminding customers to be smart and conservative with their water usage.
Cities like Centennial and Castle Rock have created water budgets for each resident, which looks like a fixed water availability fee and a second variable water usage chart. The fixed fee creates stability in water resources available to residents while the variable fee is computed from different tiers based on your usage. The more water that is used the higher the tier and the more you pay.
Water budgets are based on the size of a housing lot and the occupancy rate of the household. If the house goes above the water budgeted, an extra fee is charged to the water bill. City officials say that residents are made aware that there’s a cost for using water especially excessively. This also creates a mechanism for people to see and reduce costs, thus reducing waste.
To avoid paying more, Centennial Water encourages “residents to engage in eco-friendly practices such as xeriscaping, a gardening technique that uses drought-tolerant annuals, perennials, shrubs and grasses. The Highlands Ranch Community Association also promotes the trend, and lists a variety of xeric plants on its webpage.”
- Residents may qualify for a $25 rebate to have an approved rain sensor installed on their sprinkler system. This device changes the timing by sensing whether rain has fallen recently to a proper amount, and automatically shuts off the sprinkler system.
- Manually turning sprinklers on and off is also an option, with the indecisive weather patterns we have in Colorado.
Beginning May 1 and ending September 30, no outdoor irrigation is allowed from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
While there are no restrictions on the days you may water, it is recommended that you limit watering to three days per week. The city understands that trees need water, so hand-watering of trees and shrubs is exempted.
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