Water conservation is a necessary practice to manage water resources for the future and it saves customers money over time. Water rates will continue to increase throughout the region, so those who use water efficiently will ultimately use less water than those who waste.
The Alliance for Water Efficiency has a Home Water Works website that gives residents access to the latest tips in water efficiency and a Water Calculator that quickly estimates how much water your household uses and compares it to a similar average and a highly efficient home.
The Water Calculator also shows you where to begin your home water conservation efforts. Throughout Home Water Works, you’ll find useful tips and resources for saving water and money without sacrificing comfort or convenience.
Additionally, the Town of Windsor has developed a Municipal Water Efficiency Plan (PDF) in accordance with the Water Conservation Act of 2004 and to meet the provisions of Colorado Revised Statute section 37-60-126.
As part of CRS 37-60-126, a state-approved plan will qualify Windsor for funding from the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) and the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority for water supply and delivery projects.
Garden In A Box
Choosing xeric, low water plants is an easy way to commit to reducing your outdoor water usage this year.
The Town of Windsor is partnering with Resource Central to offer a $25 discount to Windsor Utility customers on Garden In A Box kits. These pre-designed kits are tailored to Colorado soil and include simple plant-by-number maps. Garden kits are limited. Visit ResourceCentral.org/Gardens to order your water-wise Garden in a Box today. Pick-up will be held in May, just in time for spring planting.
Mayor's Water Conservation Challenge
Every April, the Town of Windsor Mayor joins mayors across the country in asking residents to make a long-term commitment to manage water resources more wisely by taking part in the annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. In return residents can win one of hundreds of prizes. The annual challenge is a non-profit national community service campaign to see which leaders can best inspire their residents to make a series of informative and easy-to-do online pledges at mywaterpledge.com to use water more efficiently, reduce pollution, and save energy.
Small Group Education
Small groups—particularly educators—can inquire about reserving the Windsor Water Wagon by calling 970-674-5402. The Windsor Water Wagon is a great tool that can help students better visualize the concepts of efficient water use.
Residential Toilet Rebate Program
Toilets account for approximately 30 percent of residential indoor water use. Replacing a pre-1994 toilet with a new high-efficiency model can reduce your toilet water use by at least 60 percent — and save about 16 percent of your total indoor water use. Rebates of up to $50 are available.
Residential Washer Rebates
Installing a water-efficient washing machine reduces the average home's water use by 5,000 gallons. According to the EPA, if only 10 percent of the homes in the United States upgraded to water-efficient washing machines, it would save more than 45 billion gallons of water every year.
Rebates of up to $100 are available on washers. To be eligible, the washer must be listed on the latest CEE1.org listing.
Indoor Water Conservation
There are a few steps residents and business owners can take to help conserve indoor water use. For instance, consider taking shorter showers. Shower heads flow at a rate of 2.5 gallons per minute. Shortening your shower by two minutes can save five gallons of water.
Here are some additional considerations:
- Check toilets for leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet has a leak, color will appear in the bowl within 15 minutes.
- If you have a leak, fix it.
- Repair dripping faucets and shower heads. A drip rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year.
- A full bathtub can require up to 70 gallons of water, while taking a five-minute shower uses only 10 to 25 gallons.
- Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth can save eight gallons of water per day.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes or lower the water setting for smaller loads.
- Efficient washing machines can save up to 50 percent of water and electricity.
Outdoor Water Conservation
There are a few steps residents and business owners can take to help conserve water. For instance, consider watering grass and landscaping during the cool morning hours, as opposed to midday, to reduce evaporation. Make sure sprinklers are set to water only grass and gardens and not the sidewalk or street.
Additionally, you can also incorporate the following practices into your routine activities:
- Don't over fertilize. Over fertilizing will increase the lawn's need for water.
- Raise your lawn mower blade to at least three inches. Taller grass promotes deeper roots, shades the root system, and holds soil moisture better than a closely cropped lawn.
- Plant climate-appropriate species.
- Try plants that are native to where you live, which don't require as much water. See our list of drought resistant plants (PDF).
- Group plants based on water requirements.
- Mulch around trees and plants to reduce water evaporation and control weeds.
Consider xeriscaping areas that would otherwise require heavy watering. Learn about Xeriscape landscaping at the Treasure Island Demonstration Garden at Eastman Park South.