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In Colorado, spring-time weather can be unpredictable. One minute it’s snowing, the next minute trees are blooming, and birds are chirping. With landscape season right around the corner, the Town is encouraging residents to keep conservation top of mind. Castle Rock Water has a few programs to help – some will even put money back in your pocket.
Town Council approved at its Feb. 2 meeting the 2021 Conservation Rebate Incentive Program. The program encourages residents and commercial non-residential property owners to be water-conscious and offers several rebates as part of an overall conservation plan.
The incentive program rewards customers who transition from high-water-use landscaping and inefficient irrigation to other water-smart alternatives. It’s funded primarily by surcharges collected for watering schedule violations and water bill rates paid for excessive use. Funds are limited, and rebates are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
The 2021 rebate program includes:
Additionally, the Food/Beverage Toilet Retrofit Incentive Program is being carried over from 2020. This program encourages the removal of toilets at small food and beverage establishments using 1.28 gallons of water per flush or higher, and replacing them with an ultra-high-efficient toilet that uses 0.8 gallons per flush or less.
Applications are available at CRgov.com/Rebates and CRconserve.com/Rebates.
Town Council also adopted the 2021 Water Use Management Plan. The plan is a demand management tool that identifies regulations, watering schedules to stagger demand, surcharges and enforcement. Castle Rock Water uses watering schedules to help customers 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 2021 season, watering schedules will be in place May 1 through Sept. 30. Residents will be required to follow a circle, diamond, square schedule that will be mailed to their homes prior to the start of the season. The schedule is also posted at CRgov.com/WaterSchedule and CRconserve.com/WaterSchedule. Non-residential properties are also required to follow a similar three-day-a-week watering schedule.
In order to promote efficient water use, residential outdoor irrigation will not be allowed between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Non-residential customers will only be permitted to water between midnight and 8 a.m. on their designated day. In order to accommodate resident’s use, Town-owned and managed parks will be permitted to begin watering at 9 p.m. on their designated day and finish no later than 5 a.m. the following morning.
Find more information on everything happening with Castle Rock Water at CRgov.com/water.