Conserving water protects a valuable resource and makes sure there is enough for everyone. Residents are encouraged to actively conserve water year-round.
Most of the State of Colorado is in the midst of a drought; do your part now to reduce water use!
Waste of Water Guidelines
These guidelines help all of us change our water use habits.
Current Waste of Water guidelines include:
- Water during the coolest part of the day, before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
- Water no more than three times per week.
- Don’t wash sidewalks, patios, or siding with a hose.
- Don’t let excessive water run in the gutter.
- And don’t “water” sidewalks. They don’t need it!
It's Serious Business
Residents will be made aware of water restrictions in the city’s newsletter, www.northglenn.org, and on the city’s social media pages.
- Watering your lawn twice a week saves 7,000 gallons each year.
- Water the lawn for one minute less saves 4,000 gallons each year.
Many times, homeowners set their sprinkler system in the spring and “forget it,” letting it run the same way all summer. To get the most from your irrigation system, and to keep your lawn healthy and drought tolerant, water only two days per week, and change your watering times each month. For even better results, break up your watering times into two or three shorter cycles.
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* - Some landscapes might need more or less watering.
- Xeriscaping is a way to have a beautiful yard and conserve water.
These numbers are estimates but can give you a good idea of how water is typically used in a home, and of where you might be able to cut back.
- Bathing 13%
- Toilets 10%
- Faucets 9%
- Dishwasher 1%
- Clothes Washer 9%
- Leaks 8% (wow!)
- Landscaping 50%
Most of your water use is outdoors.
Here are some ways to conserve outside:
- Check for leaks in hoses, faucets and sprinkler systems.
- Set your lawn mower to a taller height.
- Don’t hose off sidewalks and driveways, use a broom instead.
- Don’t “water” your concrete.
- Keep an eye on your sprinkler system and adjust sprinkler heads as necessary.
- 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.
More than 50 percent of water used is for outdoor use, but that's only the half of it.
- 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 you 4 to 10 gallons of water each day.
- Install a low flow shower head.
- Shower for one minute less saves 3,000 gallons each year.
- Upgrade 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.
- Take the lid off of the tank and put a few drops of food coloring in the water. Set a timer and wait 10 minutes.
- After the timer goes off, check to see if any food coloring has leaked into the toilet bowl.
- Watch the tank components while flushing the toilet to see if the flapper is functioning properly.
- If it isn’t sealing, check for a faulty flapper, chain, or float ball and replace the damaged components as soon as possible.
That sound your toilet makes, like it’s still running? It is, and it’s wasting water and costing you money. Many things can cause a toilet to hiss or sound like its running, so get it checked out.
And while you’re at it, check for leaks in your faucets, plumbing, washing machine hookups, and showers.
Slow the Flow
Have your outdoor irrigation system checked out for free. This program through the Center for ReSource Conservation (www.conservationcenter.org) helps residents improve the efficiency of their watering systems. Contact the Center for ReSource Conservation to schedule your 1.5-hour appointment.
Garden in a Box
Northglenn residents can receive a $25 discount on a complete xeriscape garden in a box from the Center for ReSource Conservation. Gardens go on sale in March and again in the fall. Quantities are limited, so reserve your garden early. For more information or to order, visit www.conservationcenter.org/gardens.
You may qualify for a rebate if you purchase a new toilet or high-efficiency washing machine.
Updated Water Plan
The city has updated its water efficiency plan, and is seeking comments from residents and businesses.
Feedback may be sent in May and June to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The city developed its current water efficiency plan in 2007. Thanks to the hard work of residents, we met many of our water conservation goals. Now with higher demand on water due to Colorado’s growing population and climate change, the new water efficiency plan builds on 2007 goals and details how Northglenn can further reduce residential, commercial and municipal water use. This includes advanced methods of conservation, along with expanding existing programs for residents and businesses that encourage water conservation.