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Fats, oils and grease are harmful to our sewer system
Before discarding anything down your sink, stop and ask yourself if it should go down the sink or if the trash is a better option. Fats, oils and grease can build up in sanitary sewer lines and cause backups that can potentially flow into homes. These backups can be dangerous and costly.

Help reduce the risk of this from happening by disposing of fats, oils and grease in the trash. Use a metal can to collect the grease, pour it into the can, let it cool and then safely discard it in your trash.
Your water budget is coming to an end
Every customer has a unique water budget that provides enough water for a healthy landscape but not so much that the resource is wasted. Your water budget changes during the outdoor irrigation season. With summer coming to an end and fall approaching, this is an indication that your outdoor water budget is coming to an end as well. If you haven't already, you should start dialing back your outdoor water use. Outdoor water budgets end Oct. 15.

You can find your water budget on your water bill. To learn more about your water budget, contact Water Efficiency and Conservation Coordinator Thomas Riggle at 720-240-4918 or triggle@highlandsranch.org
National Drug Take Back Day - Oct. 23
On Saturday, October 23 the public will have the opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your prescription and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal.

The Take-Back event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Highlands Ranch Substation, 9250 Zotos Dr.

In April this year, Americans turned in nearly 420 tons of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. In Colorado, we collected 16,221 pounds across 82 collection sites.
Public input sought on parkway conversion demo sites
In an effort to move to more sustainable maintenance practices, the Highlands Ranch Metro District, with support from Centennial Water, is exploring options to convert some areas of bluegrass along the parkways to more drought tolerant, lower maintenance landscaping.

Three demonstration sites were converted from bluegrass last year to native or alternative grass, and they have grown throughout 2021. While the grass will continue to establish over the next couple of growing seasons, these sites show some of the possibilities of the Parkways Landscape Conversion Action Plan, which has been years in the making. The next phase of the project is collecting public feedback.

An online public feedback period will be open through Oct. 15. Residents are encouraged to submit their comments about the three different sites.
How much to water in September and October
Water budgets have started decrease which means so should your irrigation run times. Here is a helpful chart to help you understand how much you should be watering during the final months of the irrigation season.
How would you find out if there was a water emergency?
If there was an emergency in the Centennial Water service area that impacted your water at home, how would you find out? Communications will be sent out through a variety of resources - make sure you are signed up to receive them.