May 2017

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Water Efficiency Tip
 
If walking across the lawn leaves footprints (the blades don't spring back up), it's time to water. 
Don't set it and forget it
The unpredictable weather in May is a good reason why you shouldn't set your sprinkler system and forget it the rest of the summer. This month we have seen a roller coaster of weather from warm temperatures, rain, snow, and back up to warmer temperatures. Hopefully you have been adjusting your irrigation run times as a result of these changes.

If rain is coming, turn off the sprinkler system. If we have an extended dry period, make sure you have those sprinklers set to turn on again. Adjusting your controller throughout the year should be routine and something you check regularly. The result conserves water and money; your checkbook will thank you.
Water monitors are saving water one customer at a time
Water monitors are hitting the streets in June to educate Centennial Water customers about efficient outdoor watering practices. They are on the lookout for homeowners and business owners who may be running their sprinklers during the middle of the day; or they may spy a broken sprinkler head resulting in water flowing down the gutter. These are opportunities for our water monitors to educate customers about Centennial Water's rules and regulations and best watering practices.

Rules and Regulations
  • Outdoor irrigation is not allowed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Hand watering trees and shrubs, and washing cars is allowed at any time if a hose end shut off device is used.
  • Wasteful water practices are prohibited. This includes excess water flowing into gutters or neglecting to repair leaks.
  • Rain sensors are required on all non-residential irrigation systems.
If a water monitor identifies an infraction, s/he will contact the property owner to advise about the rules and regulations. Repeated infractions may result in a fine.
Did you know...
Municipal water needs in Colorado are currently at 400,000 acre feet per year (one acre foot = 326,000 gallons of water). This number is expected to double by 2050 due to the growing population in Colorado.

This rapid increase in water demand over the next 33 years is a great example why it's important to start conserving water today. Small steps, taken by every resident, can make a big difference.

Click here for ideas on how you can conserve water around your home.

Don't forget to come to the open house May 30!
The public is invited to an open house on Tuesday, May 30 from 5 - 7 p.m. to get an update on the Chatfield Storage Reallocation Project. Final designs for the recreational modification and environmental mitigation projects will be presented. Engineering and design consultants will be in attendance to provide information and answer questions about the projects.

To learn more about the project, visit chatfieldreallocation.org or send an email to info@chatfieldreallocation.org.