Planning

Nearly 75 percent of all water consumed in Castle Rock is used by residents. That's why helping residential customers conserve is a top priority for Castle Rock Water.

In the 2015 Water Efficiency Master Plan (formerly the Water Conservation Master Plan), conservation strategies are outlined - including individualized water budgets, seasonal water restrictions and education. These strategies include methods to reduce consumption / increase efficiency and address tactics to preserve the Castle Rock community style while maintaining financial feasibility.

Resident Activities


Water budget rate structure


Charging progressively more for incremental volumes of water was implemented in 1989. This tiered structure allows customers to maintain control over their bills and encourages conservation - the more water you use, the more you pay.
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Water budget


Providing each resident with a personalized household water budget, shown against actual usage, encourages residents to stay within budget. Each budget is individualized so conservation is personalized and not measured against neighbors’ usage.


Watering restrictions


Every-third-day and day-time watering restrictions have brought watering efficiency to resident’s minds, minimized evaporation, controlled water waste and positively affected demand. Restricting watering times encourages residents to water when conditions are the most favorable and watering is most effective.


Customer assistance programs


Targeting the largest consumption area - outdoor irrigation - the Town provides rebates for those residents taking steps to reduce water for their landscape. Typically, rebates are available for turf removal, smart irrigation controllers and rotary sprinkler nozzles. Additionally, residents can request irrigation audits / sprinkler inspections, at no charge. Funding for these programs comes from water violations and excess water usage surcharges. Learn more about applying for a rebate.


Water Wiser Workshops


Are you interested in being more water conscious? Learn more about how as much as 55 percent of water waste can come from inefficient watering methods. These workshops educate residents on the proper methods and products to use and are provided at no charge. Register for a workshop.
 

Public information and education


Changing behaviors to use water more efficiently has already conserved more than 20 percent. Water treatment facility tours, classroom visits and xeric design workshops are provided to bring more awareness to residents about the value of water. Various outreach methods and events also promote the importance of water and efficiency.

Xeriscape demonstration gardens


To publicly show the beauty of using native and low-water plants, several gardens are available for viewing: Festival Park, Ray Waterman Regional Water Treatment Plant, Castle Rock Water Administration Office, Milestone Pump Station, Diamond Ridge Pump Station and Plum Creek Water Purification Facility.


Water monitoring program


Seasonally, water monitors are employed to educate residents on ways to improve efficiency and reduce water waste. Funds from these fines and the water surcharges identified by these water monitors go toward rebates.

Water Ambassador Program


Castle Rock Water partners with other regional water programs, such as the South Metro Water Supply Authority, to provide education to residents. Additionally, educational efforts extend to the students in high schools and elementary schools throughout the region.

Water conservation website


This is it! Let us know what else you would like to see here. What can we do to motivate our residents to use water more efficiently?

Town Activities


Landscape regulations for new development

The Town requires comprehensive landscape design review for new development. This review must accommodate stormwater (flooding and erosion) issues, along with landscaping and aesthetic requirements. These regulations can be found on the Castle Rock website.

Landscaper plant list


Commercial landscapers are required to use the Xeric-minded plant list. This list identifies plants that are easy to maintain, grow well in our arid area and require less water. This list has been consolidated as a reference for residents.


Soil Amendment and Inspection Requirements


New development is required to amend soil with a minimum of 4 cubic yards of organic material per 1,000 square feet tilled, to a minimum depth of 6 inches. New landscapes must pass a soil inspection prior to receiving an irrigation exemption.

Leak detection / non-revenue water program


Just as we encourage residents to check for leaks, Castle Rock Water does too. Internal and third-party acoustic analysis is conducted to monitor any possible leaks throughout the system. Nationally, Castle Rock is ranked in the top quartile of fewest leaks in the system.


Strategically outlined and community-endorsed plans


Plans with implementable strategies and tactics are created for each division, including stormwater, wastewater and water resources. These plans are strategically updated. View these plans.