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Conserve Water

Small Changes Residents Can Make

  •  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:

(970) 375-4801
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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