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Climbing temperatures, blooming landscape and chirping birds – all signs that spring is in the air. As the season begins to turn, more residents will be heading outdoors. But, before landscape season officially begins, the Town is encouraging residents to keep conservation in mind. Castle Rock Water has a few programs in 2016 to help.
Town Council approved earlier this month the 2016 Conservation Rebate Incentive Program. The program helps encourage residents to be water conscious and offers several rebates as part of an overall conservation plan.
The incentive program rewards residents transitioning from high-water-use landscaping and inefficient irrigation to other water-smart alternatives. It’s funded with water restriction violations and tier 4 conservation surcharges. Funds are limited, and rebates are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
A household can only qualify for each rebate once. The 2016 rebate program includes:
• Smart irrigation controllers – 50 percent of the controller cost up to $300 ($1,500 maximum for non-residential customers).• Rotary nozzle retrofit – Up to $5 per nozzle ($2,000 maximum for non-residential customers).• Rain sensors – 50 percent of the cost of the sensor up to $50.• SmartScape renovations - $1 per square foot up to $1,500 for high-water-use plant material, such as Kentucky Bluegrass, removed and replaced with either xeriscape or hardscape.
Applications are available at CRgov.com/rebates.
Additionally, Town Council approved the 2016 Water Use Management Plan. Castle Rock Water uses watering restrictions to help residents efficiently use water outdoors during the warmer months.
By staggering water use on an every-third-day schedule, Castle Rock Water can maintain positive pressures throughout the water system, ensure appropriate fire flows, and allocate time for water reservoir recovery.
For the 2016 season, restrictions will be in place during the months of June, July and August. Residents will be required to follow a circle, diamond, square schedule that will be mailed to their homes around May 1 and is posted at CRgov.com/waterschedule. Also, in order to promote efficient water use, outdoor irrigation will not be allowed between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. However, there are no time or day restrictions associated with hand watering.
These restrictions will allow residents to water only during cooler, more humid times of day. This is when evapotranspiration – a measurement of how much water needs to be used to replace water lost through evaporation and transpiration – is at its lowest, and watering is most effective.
Both the rebate program and watering restrictions are outlined in Castle Rock Water’s Water Efficiency Master Plan. Since the plan was adopted in 2006, Castle Rock residents have exceeded and maintained the conservation goal of 18 percent or 165-135 gallons per person per day. An updated plan was recently approved in 2016 and sets a goal for an additional 18 percent (122-100 gallons per person per day) of water savings by 2055.
Learn more about everything happening at Castle Rock Water, including the Legacy Water Projects and the Town’s long-term water plan, at CRgov.com/water.
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