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Published: 8/4/2020  3:16 PM
Recently, we successfully issued new money and refunding bonds, selling $251.7 million in Refunding (2020 A/2020B) bonds and $85.4 million in New Money Utilities Systems Improvement Revenue (2020C) bonds. “We are extremely pleased with the pricing ...

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Published: 8/1/2020  11:07 AM
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The best native plants for your landscape

Published: 7/30/2020  1:11 PM
If you’re looking for flowers and shrubs that can tolerate hot, dry conditions with grace, take a look at our foothills landscape in the Water-wise Neighborhood of our Demonstration Garden. This garden showcases native plants that thrive when temper ...

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Published: 7/22/2020  9:39 AM
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Published: 6/30/2020  4:08 PM
We're committed to a new energy future that is cost-effective, resilient and environmentally sustainable. Through our sustainable energy plan, we will: Commit to our community with industry-leading reliability and resiliency and support the econom ...

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Published: 6/17/2020  10:52 AM
​It’s starting to heat up, and your energy bills might rise as you crank up the air conditioner. We’ve got six tips to help you stay cool while saving energy this summer. 1. Make sure your ceiling fans are rotating in the proper direction.When po ...

Protecting our infrastructure and our customers

Published: 6/12/2020  9:54 AM
Sometimes projects fall into our laps when we are least expecting them. That’s what happened to Jed Chambers, Kyle Hinton and Jason Messamer from the Systems Planning and Projects (SPP) division recently when they went out to look at Monument Creek ...

Six steps for your healthiest lawn

Published: 6/3/2020  8:45 AM
Enjoying a healthy, green lawn is a hallmark of Colorado summers. If you’re planning to install a new lawn this summer, here are six steps to help your project succeed. 1. Prepare the soil. Smart soil preparation is one of the best things you can d ...

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The best native plants for your landscape   

  by  Catherine M.  on  7/30/2020

If you’re looking for flowers and shrubs that can tolerate hot, dry conditions with grace, take a look at our foothills landscape in the Water-wise Neighborhood of our Demonstration Garden. This garden showcases native plants that thrive when temperatures rise, unlike landscape plants from cooler, wetter climates. Here are four reasons this landscape works in our region.

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1. Prairie and southwestern native plants tolerate heat. While traditional plants tend to look best in spring or fall, native plants can help a landscape look its best in midsummer. Plants like sunset hyssop, New Mexico privet, Rocky Mountain penstemon and golden currant naturally grow in regions with intense summer heat. These plants can be watered two to four times per month once established and rarely wilt even when temperatures rise above 90 degrees.
2. Silver-leaved plants create more beauty. Tall blue rabbitbrush, western sage and fringed sage have shiny, light-grey leaves. Their light foliage contrasts with the surrounding green plants that makes this landscape interesting even when the plants aren’t in bloom. Since silver plants are so common in the foothills and prairies of the Pikes Peak region, including them helps a landscape blend better with the natural surroundings.
3. Late summer bloomers support hummingbirds, butterflies and pollinators. Landscapes with late summer flowers provide much-needed nectar for migratory hummingbirds and butterflies. For example, tall blue rabbitbrush attracts large numbers of painted lady butterflies in September. Consider planting late-blooming native flowers to help birds and insects as they prepare for cooler weather.
4. Small gravel covers the soil between plants. While many traditional landscape plants grow best with wood chip or shredded bark mulch, it can hold too much moisture for native plants. Instead, try using a small gravel to cover bare soil between plants. It will help the soil retain more moisture than leaving the soil bare and will help the landscape look tidier. Keep in mind that small gravel is easier to weed than larger rock. We recommend gravels that are less than ½-inch for the best results. 

This plant list and landscape plan can help you adapt this design to your own yard. Find more plant and landscape ideas at


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