August 2018

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Water Efficiency Tip
 
When you give your pet fresh water, don't throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your trees and shrubs. 
Pilot project on turf conversion
Centennial Water is running a pilot program which may compensate you for turf conversion. A rebate of $1 per square foot, up to $1,000, is available for the removal of any high water use plant material and replacement with Xeric or drought tolerant vegetation.
 
The turf replacement program encourages residential customers to convert water-thirsty plant materials, such as Kentucky Bluegrass, into a water wise landscape. Replacement with other materials, such as artificial turf or hardscape, may be accepted, but requires further approval

For more information about the program, or to apply for a rebate, click here.
It's time to start dialing back outdoor irrigation use
Over the past couple weeks, Mother Nature has brought some heavy rainfall to the community. The moisture, coupled with cooler nights, is a sign it's time to start cutting back on outdoor water use. An easy way to start is to reduce the number of minutes you are watering each cycle.

As we move into September, the amount allocated for water budgets will gradually reduce. To learn more about your specific water budget, call Centennial Water at 720-240-4918.
Become familiar with your water meter
Your water meter is the key tool to help you learn how much water you use and to help identify possible leaks. It's a good idea to periodically check and record water use so you can identify when you may be approaching your allocated water budget amount.

Your water meter is a highly accurate and dependable water-measuring device that registers all water used in your home and landscape. Most water meters are easily accessible and are located in the basement. If you don't have a basement, it may be in your garage or a crawl space.

Centennial Water meter readers record water usage on a bi-monthly basis, which coincides with the bi-monthly billing cycle. Water bills are based on billing units per 1,000 gallons of water used.
Understanding how water usage impacts your water bill
During periods of warm, dry weather, customers tend to increase their water usage for irrigation. While it is important to protect landscape vegetation during hot conditions, it is also good to know your water budget and to read your water meter so you know how much water you are using each month and you can adjust your usage accordingly.

When you notice an increase in water usage, you may be surpassing your water budget which will result in higher rates. If your water use has gone up, it's a good idea to consider the following:
  • Did you water your lawn more frequently the past few weeks?
  • Was new landscape recently installed requiring more watering?
  • Did you host house guests requiring more indoor water use?
  • Is there a chance you have a leak?
For more information about water budgets, reading your meter and adjusting your controller, click here.
Fall is the perfect time to plant
Centennial Water staff want to help customers transform their landscape this fall with Garden In A Box. As the seasons begin to change, temperatures get milder. This creates the perfect opportunity to enhance the color of your yard while conserving water.

In the fall, the soil still holds heat from warm summer days making it easier for plants to extend their roots. Perennials, shrubs and trees that are planted in the fall have a head start for the upcoming spring season compared to those that are planted mid-spring.
 
Centennial Water customers are eligible for a $25 discount on a Garden In A Box, while supplies last. To view the full garden collection and order your Garden In A Box, visit resourcecentral.org/gardens .