Why is Castle Rock Water asking residents, HOAs, and commercial customers to conserve more water?

Conserving water is simply the right thing to do. Castle Rock Water’s conservation efforts are about being proactive and asking for help from all water customers. Conserving water in the landscape is the easiest place to be more efficient and save. Every year, Castle Rock Water prepares a Summer Demand Plan, which helps predict the summer water demand. This plan takes into account new water supplies, weather projects and other changes in our community. The Town is utilizing more renewable water supplies from sources such as East Plum Creek. These renewable sources are very sustainable in the long term, but are affected by seasonal weather conditions. The recent hot, dry weather and lack of rain has resulted in some renewable water sources dropping to record low levels. One immediate solution is to reduce peak summer use. Peak demand is when everyone is using the water at the same time. Typical water usage over the summer is about 13.4 million gallons per day. Typical water usage during the winter is only 4 million gallons. On very hot, dry days, usage can shoot up to excess of 17 million gallons. It’s not that we are running out of water, but is difficult for the storage tanks and distribution lines to keep up with this daily demand. What this means for water customers is to stick to the watering schedules of every-third-day and watering during the cooler hours of the evening. All customers, residents, HOAs and businesses, including the Town, have these watering schedules (though the times and days may differ.) The watering schedules spread out the demand and the evening watering times reduce evaporation, a major water waste. Customers are also encouraged to replace plants with low and no water landscaping, use more efficient irrigation products and adjust irrigation run times.

Visit CRconserve.com to find the watering schedule, tips for indoor and outdoor conservation, registration for Water Wiser and ColoradoScape workshops, and rebates for water efficiency products.

(Updated Jan. 18, 2022)

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1. Can we have a rain barrel on our property to collect rain water and/or sump pump discharge water? I thought rain barrels were legal in Colorado but have heard conflicting opinions locally.
2. Will pharmaceuticals (birth control, hormones, etc.) and other chemicals and organic material (such as blood) be extracted from our drinking water with advanced treatment?
3. Will the cost of our water go down with the implementation of water reuse, or should we expect costs to remain steady?
4. Why are we being forced to drink recycled water starting in 2020? Did I miss a Town vote on this? I do not want to drink recycled water. I'd rather slow Town growth than drink recycled water.
5. What is the source of the water in Sellars Gulch? It flows year-round through Festival Park but seems to disappear just a few miles upstream.
6. Why is Castle Rock Water asking residents, HOAs, and commercial customers to conserve more water?
7. Is our water bill among the highest in the nation?
8. Why aren’t developers required to desert-scape in Castle Rock?
9. Does the Town have a surplus of water it sells to other communities?