February 2017

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Water Efficiency Tip
While you wait for the water to turn hot, collect the running water and use it to water plants around your home. 
Low-water garden kits offer big, beautiful savings
Centennial Water is partnering with the Center for ReSource Conservation to offer affordable, do-it-yourself graden kits.

Garden In A Box, a selection of professionally designed perennial gardens comprised of xeric plants, offers a simple approach to an eye-catching yard.
The kits come with starter plants, a Plant and Care Guide, and plant by number maps.
You can choose from seven different gardens with options for sun, shade and high altitude. They range in price from $74 - $149. A discount of $25 off per garden is available while supplies last.

To view the full garden collection or order yours, visit ConservationCenter.org/gardens.
Centennial Water recognizes engineers during National Engineers Week
The week of Feb. 20 is National Engineer's Week; an opportunity to celebrate how engineers are making a difference in our world. Centennial Water employs a number of engineers at its water and wastewater treatment plants.

Peter Bong is the Water and Wastewater Superintendent for Centennial Water. On a day to day basis he works with the operators and maintenance personnel to ensure the safe and reliable production of potable water and the protection of the environment through the effective treatment of wastewater.

"My job is rewarding as there are new challenges every day covering all aspects of engineering: mechanical, electrical, controls, chemistry and biology," said Peter. "Centennial Water provides a valuable service to the community, providing drinking water and protecting the environment, and it's great to be able to be a part of that process."

Peter has an engineering degree from the University of Illinois with a focus in structural engineering. When not working, Peter enjoys hiking, watching football, playing golf and cheering on the Chicago Cubs. 
Winter watering guidelines
Outdoor watering during winter months can be uncertain, especially during periods of dry weather. Water budgets are reduced each winter from mid-October to mid-April to reflect the decline in your landscape's water needs.

Water budgets are comprised of both indoor and outdoor components. The indoor allocation remains the same throughout the year; the outdoor component is higher during the irrigation season. During winter months, customers are allocated an additional 1,000 gallons bi-monthly.

Following are some winter watering guidelines for October through March:
  • Monitor weather conditions and hand water trees and shrubs during extended dry periods without snow cover one to two times per month.
  • Water only when air temperatures are above 40 degrees.
  • Water at mid-day so the water has time to soak in before temperatures drop over night.
  • Water slowly and allow water to soak into the soil to a depth of 12 inches.
For more winter watering tips, click here.
Chatfield Reservoir project open house and park impact
The Chatfield Reservoir Mitigation Company (CRMC) is the organization overseeing the reallocation of storage space in Chatfield Reservoir from flood control to joint flood control and multipurpose use. This additional storage space will be used by municipal and agricultural water providers to help meet the diverse water needs of the state.

The CRMC will host an open house in late spring 2017. The open house will allow park users and other interested people the opportunity to view final design components of the project and to discuss project specifics and construction schedules with project representatives.
Construction activities related to the project could begin as early as October 2017. There will be no closures or disturbances at Chatfield State Park during the spring and summer seasons this year.

To learn more about the project, click here.

Centennial Water facts
In 2016, Centennial Water staff inspected 343,549 linear feet of sanitary sewer lines. That's equivalent to 65 miles, or about the distance from Denver to Ft. Collins.