The Drought Response Plan is based on lessons learned within the Grand Valley and from other water utilities during past droughts, it is important to understand that every drought is different and that the Government Boards and City Council will adjust and refine measures based on actual drought conditions. This plan is intended to help staff, customers, stakeholders and the Boards and Council be better prepared when a drought occurs.
The effectiveness of this plan is supported by demand management and water conservation, and it encourages proactive water stewardship in the Grand Valley.
1 Fix OR FIND Leaks
Contact your water provider for help if you suspect an unidentified leak.
2 Avoid Drips
Replace washers in dripping faucets. One drop per second wastes 2,700 gallons of water per year.
3 Prevent Toilet Leaks
To check for toilet leaks, add a couple drops of food color to the back tank. If color appears in the bowl, you have a leak. You can save thousands of gallons per year by repairing a leaky toilet flapper.
4 Buy Watersense® Products
WaterSense® labeled products save water inside and outside the home without sacrificing performance. Replacing old toilets can save at least 11,000 gallons a year!
5 Toss Instead of Flushing
Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
6 Don’t Be a Shower Hog
Shortening a shower by only 1-2 minutes saves up to 700 gallons per month.
7 Brush and Wash
Brush your teeth first while waiting for water to get hot, then wash your face or shave after filling the basin.
8 Shower Sense
A WaterSense® labeled showerhead can reduce the average family’s annual water use by 2,900 gallons, save more than $70 per year in energy and water costs, and conserve the amount of energy needed to power a home for 13 days every year!
Using the compost bin or garbage to dispose of food rather than the garbage disposal can save 50 to 150 gallons per month.
10 Pack your Washers
Operate dish and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded.
11 Switch Up Your Clothes Washer
By using a water-efficient clothes washer, you save about 27 gallons per load.
12 Go Retro
Retrofit bathroom faucets with 1 gallon per minute (gpm) faucet aerators.
13 Defrost in the Fridge
Avoiding running water to defrost food saves 50 to 150 gallons per month.
14 Get Help
Check with your water provider for programs that can help you save water and money.
1 Don’t RUN OFF
Only apply as much water as the soil can absorb. Use the Cycle and Soak method— break watering times into 3 short cycles, allowing an hour of soak time in between.
2 Program Your Sprinkler
By programming your automatic sprinkler system to t the weather conditions, you water when the plants need it, not by the clock.
3 Right Time You’re Watering
Water during the cooler hours and avoid sprinkling on windy days.
4 Be Weather Smart
If it has rained in the past few days, or will rain soon, don’t water.
5 Plant the Right Plants
Choose Plant Select ® and X-rated plants that thrive in Rocky Mountain gardens.
6 Don’t Water the Sidewalk
Don’t water the sidewalk, rocks or road. They won’t grow.
Aerate in the spring or fall to open up soil to absorb more moisture.
Don’t waste water by spraying o a driveway or sidewalk, use a broom instead.
9 Install Smart Sprinklers
Use efficient technology like drip irrigation, rotary spray nozzles, and smart irrigation controllers.
10 Check for Leaks
Check sprinkler systems and timing devices to be sure they are operating properly.
11 Raise Your Blade
Cut grass at least three inches in height to encourage deeper roots and better moisture retention. Never cut more than 1/3 of the grass blade.
12 Avoid Over–Fertilizing
The application of fertilizers increases the need for water. Apply fertilizers that contain slow-release, water-insoluble forms of nitrogen.
Mulch to retain moisture in the soil. Mulching also helps to control weeds that compete with plants for water.
Xeriscape is based on a combination of seven common sense principles to save water while creating lush, beautiful landscapes.
1 Dispose of Medicine Properly
Dispose of medicine using a designated take-back program, not by flushing it down the toilet.
2 Don’t Fill Storm Drains
Avoid placing anything but water in a storm drain. No oil, pesticides, fertilizer, paints, etc.
3 Pick Up Pet Poop
Pet waste can run into storm drains and spread bacteria.
4 Fix the Oil Leak
Car leaks can spread oil into the water supply.
5 Direct Your Downspout
Ensure downspouts are pointed toward the lawn or plants, not the sidewalk.
6 Don’t Flush
Don’t flush garbage down the toilet.
7 Reduce Paved Areas
Reduce paved areas with porous pavement materials and plantings that will allow water to soak through and not run o .
Dirty sidewalks and streets run into the storm drain and pollute our water.
9 Use Sand or Cat Litter
Use sand or cat litter to de-ice sidewalks instead of salt, and sweep up after the ice has melted.
10 Lose the Landscaping Fabric
Weed fabric slows water from entering soil. Mulch is better at controlling weeds.
11 Follow Directions
Always follow the manufacturer’s label for storage, use and disposal of all household chemicals.
12 Use Pesticides Sparingly
Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly and consider hiring a professional applicator when necessary.
13 Use a Certified Car Wash
A certified commercial car wash is more water efficient and does not send soapy water down the driveway and into the storm drain.
Compost and amend soil. Healthy soil acts as a water filter.