Reset your automatic sprinklers to reduce the time per zone by just a few minutes. Reducing the time per zone from 15 minutes to 12 minutes is a 20% reduction!
Take your car to the carwash instead of washing it in your driveway. It uses less water and you are supporting a local business.
When doing laundry, always wash full loads
Shorten your shower by a minute or two. Setting a timer may help.
Use a broom instead of a hose to clean off driveways and sidewalks
Report water theft from fire hydrants. Call non-emergency dispatch at 970-385-2900 with a description of the vehicle and license plate number.
Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. This could save water and prevent damage to your home.
If your toilet was installed before 1992, insert a displacement device in the tank (try wrapping a brick in aluminum foil)
If you are staying in one of our local hotels, re-use your towels instead of having them replaced daily.
Want to do more?
Only water between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. – not during the heat of the day when much of it evaporates
Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet
Spread a layer of mulch around trees, bushes and plants to help retain the moisture and discourage weeds
Install a rain sensor on your irrigation controller
Retrofit sprinkler heads in landscaping with micro sprinkler and/or drip irrigation
Install water saving aerators on your showerheads and faucets
Compost food waste instead of using the garbage disposal
Want to do even more?
If you hand water , install a drip irrigation system on a timer
Use native or drought tolerant plants in your landscaping
Maybe it's time to replace that old washer with an energy efficient model. Conventional washers built before 2011 typically use about 40 gallons per load, whereas a newer, energy efficient model may only use 15 gallons. Front loading machines generally use less water than a top-loading model.
Replace older toilets with low-flow toilets. Some older toilets use as much as 7 gallons per flush. Look for the EPA WaterSense program label for a toilet that only uses 1.26 gallons per flush.
For more information, please contact the Utilities Department: