Some budget considerations
Fall is the beginning of budget season for many HOAs and time to analyze where cuts can be made. Here are a few suggestions that could reduce that water bill!
Reduce the turf. Castle Rock Water has turf removal rebates available for the replacement of turf with low-water options. The ROI on this investment can be realized in just a few years with that reduced water bill! Low traffic areas, like neighborhood entrances and medians are good places to renovate by replacing turf with colorful and vibrant shrubs and perennials.
Water for plant type. Trees, shrubs and perennials take much less water than turf and irrigation controllers should be programmed accordingly. Remember that your water budget will be adjusted for updated square footage and plant type in 2021. When you adjust for plant type, you're more likely to be within your allocated water budget.
Contract a professional. Non-residential landscape and irrigation installation, maintenance and water management must be performed by a landscape professional registered with Castle Rock Water. Castle Rock Water offers ongoing training and certification programs to ensure the landscape professionals are up to date on current Town requirements. The list of professional landscapers with these credentials can be found here: CRgov.com//landscapers.
Consider a performance-based contract. Write in conditions to your contract and be explicit with expectations. Some HOAs include expectations regarding watering violations and over-budget consumption as part of that contract.
Enlist a water manager. With new water budgets going into effect in 2021, it’s now more important than ever to apply the right amount of water to your landscape. Hiring a qualified water manager can help troubleshoot problem areas, reduce water waste, increase efficiency, and improve the overall health of the landscape.