Despite a late May snowstorm, an unusually arid April combined with already parched conditions has left the entire state designated as at least abnormally dry, according to the NOAA. With Northglenn currently in Stage 1 Drought status, the city has been reducing its water use by 10% and looking at other ways to conserve water throughout its infrastructure.
Here are some ways you can help inside and out:
- Utilize the Slow the Flow program. Residents can have a free evaluation of their automatic sprinkler system. Go to www.resourcecentral.org/sprinklers or call 303.999.3820 to sign up or for more details.
- Check for leaks in hoses, faucets and sprinkler systems.
- Set your lawnmower to a taller height.
- Don’t hose off driveways and sidewalks – use a broom instead.
- Don’t “water” your concrete.
- Update your landscape with less grass and more water-wise plants.
- Install a rain sensor for your sprinkler system.
- Replace high-use sprinkler heads with water-efficient models.
- Run your washing machine or dishwasher only when you have a full load.
- Turn off the water when you brush your teeth or wash your face. This can save 4 to 10 gallons of water each day.
- Install a low-flow showerhead.
- Showering for one minute less saves 3,000 gallons a year.
- Upgrading to an EPA WaterSense toilet saves 11,000 gallons each year.
- Install faucet aerators.
- Fix leaking toilets and faucets.
- Replace high-water appliances and fixtures with new, water-efficient models.