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Published: 9/9/2019  9:34 AM
​After Labor Day, many landscapes may look dull, especially if most of the flowering plants bloom in early summer. Fortunately, September is a wonderful month to add a few more plants to your landscape. The soil is warm and the air temperatures have ...

CSFD releases report on Aug. 20 fire at Drake Power Plant, Unit 7 will be back online later today

Published: 8/28/2019  2:26 PM
​Thanks to the efforts of our dedicated employees, Unit 7 at the Martin Drake Power Plant is scheduled to be put back into service later today after a small, isolated fire last Tuesday night. Per the Colorado Springs Fire Department announcement bel ...

We're transforming public spaces with water-wise plants

Published: 8/22/2019  12:17 PM
Our water-wise plant experts are partnering with the City of Colorado Springs to bring sustainable landscapes to public spaces, while broadening the availability of water-wise plants for the public. Springs Utilities staff from the Conservation and ...

Drake Power Plant update: Small fire will not impact customers

Published: 8/21/2019  10:25 AM
​If you’ve been watching the local news since last night, you’ve likely heard about the small, isolated fire at our Martin Drake Power Plant, located just south of downtown Colorado Springs. The fire was limited internally to a single generating uni ...

Prevent high water bills during warmer weather

Published: 8/19/2019  2:38 PM
As we settle in to the hottest time of the year, we expect to use more water but is it necessary? Have you done everything you can to improve your watering efficiency? Here’s five important water-saving landscape strategies to get the most out of yo ...

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Published: 8/7/2019  2:19 PM
​August weather can be unpredictable, alternating between 90-degree weather and monsoon thunderstorms. With the bustle of school starting and late summer routine changes, it’s a challenge to turn your sprinkler system off every time it rains-- not t ...

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Published: 7/30/2019  1:48 PM
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Innovative partnership protects 11,000 acres of critical watershed

Published: 7/23/2019  9:20 AM
​On July 23 we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to continue our partnership with the U.S. Forest Service Region 2 Office and the Colorado State Forest Service to fund critical forest management and wildfire risk mitigation projects in area ...

Water outlook after 6 months

Published: 7/18/2019  2:15 PM
I love summer. Call me crazy, but I love the hot, dry weather. If you’re like me, the weather in June frustrated you to no end! While the weather didn’t do my disposition any favors, it did do wonders for our water supply. June’s weather brought t ...

Top 10 tips to keep cool this summer

Published: 7/17/2019  1:36 PM
​As temperatures rise and we transition from the cooler months into summer, you can take some easy steps to keep an attractive landscape and a comfortable home while using energy and water wisely. These 10 tips will help you reduce overall electric ...

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Prevent high water bills during warmer weather   

Author: Lisa  by  Lisa  on  8/19/2019

Smart Irrigation ControllerAs we settle in to the hottest time of the year, we expect to use more water but is it necessary? Have you done everything you can to improve your watering efficiency? Here’s five important water-saving landscape strategies to get the most out of your water use:

1. Check for leaks. Make sure to turn on your system and visually inspect every zone for leaks at least once a month. Something as simple as a missing spray nozzle can waste 12 gallons of water per minute. Minimizing leaks will ensure that the water you pay for is supporting your landscape.

2. Water according to the season. How many days per week are you watering your lawn? In August, watering three days a week should be enough to keep your lawn healthy. And, remember to adjust the number of watering days according to the season. This will help you water only what is needed and reduce overwatering.

3. Water one-half inch each watering day to promote deeper roots and a more drought-tolerant lawn. Not sure how long it takes to water one-half inch? Place an empty tuna can on the lawn and turn on that zone for 10 minutes. Measure how much water is in the can. If it’s one-quarter inch, you will need to water twice as long. Read more about the general rules of watering based on zone type.

4. Reduce water wasted from runoff by using the cycle soak method. Divide the total time it takes to water one-half inch by three. Program your controller for this length of time and then set three start times about an hour apart. By spreading out the watering time into three smaller cycles, you help the water soak into the soil instead of running down the gutter. Learn more about the cycle soad method.

5. Make sure your rain sensor is working. Rain sensors are a crucial part to running your system efficiently and should be checked each every year. Don’t have a rain sensor? Here are three reasons you need one.

Visit the Conservation and Environmental Center, 2855 Mesa Road, for information and resources about efficient irrigation - including rebates on water efficient products for your home or business.


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