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Water Conservation
What is the Town Doing to Help Conserve Water?
We are doing our part too! The Town of Windsor strives to be a good environmental steward and has put forth efforts to maximize water conservation such as:
  • The installation of water efficient appliances at town facilities
  • Use of irrigation system rain sensors
  • Offering citizens FREE Water Audit Kit (will be available in 2014)
  • Educating the public and providing opportunities to conserve water through this website and through the media

Tips for Conserving Inside and Out!

Conserve Water Outdoors

When maintaining your lawn...
  • Water your lawn during the cool morning hours, as opposed to midday, to reduce evaporation.
  • Consider reading the Evapotranspiration schedules posted each day by Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District to determine the most accurate best time to water!
  • Make sure that your sprinklers are set to water only grass and gardens and not the sidewalk or street.
  • Don't over fertilize - you will increase the lawn's need for water.
  • Raise your lawn mower blade to at least 3 inches. Taller grass promotes deeper roots, shades the root system, and holds soil moisture better than a closely cropped lawn.
In your garden...
  • Plant climate-appropriate species.
  • Try plants that are native to where you live which don't require as much water.
  • See our list of drought resistant plants.
  • Group plants together based on their water requirements.
  • Use mulch around trees and plants to help reduce evaporation and control water-stealing weeds.

Conserve Water Indoors
  • Check toilets for leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet has a leak, color will appear in the bowl within 15 minutes.
    • If you have a leak, fix it!
    • Stop by Town Hall or the Community Recreation Center through April 30, 2013 to pick up a residential water audit kit that includes toilet leak detection tablets while supplies last.
  • Consider purchasing a water efficient toilet that uses 20% less water while offering equal or superior performance.
  • Repair dripping faucets and shower heads. A drip rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year.
  • A full bathtub can require up to 70 gallons of water, while taking a 5 minute shower uses only 10 to 25 gallons.
  • Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth can save 8 gallons of water per day.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes or lower the water setting for smaller loads.
    • Efficient washing machines can save up to 50% of water and electricity.

Calculate Your Water Use
Visit the Home Water Works website to calculate how much water you use at home and get more tips on how to save.

Windsor Water Conservation Programs
Residential Water Conservation Kits
  • Want to save water and reduce your water bills? Check out the free Residential Water Audit Kit will be available to Windsor residents in 2014! The kit comes with water saving appliances and leak detection tools that will help you to conserve water in and outside your home.      

Educational Resources
  • Groups can reserve the Windsor Water Wagon by calling (970) 674-5402.
  • Learn about the demonstration garden and xeriscape landscape at Treasure Island Garden:
    • Treasure Island Garden at Eastman Park is coordinated by the DiGGers Gardeners; contact Bill Pratt at (970) 686-7319.
    • Summer gardening classes are offered by the DiGGers; see The Link for current offerings.

Water Conservation Facts
  • Even though the Earth is made up of 70% water, only 1% is appropriate for drinking and human use.
  • Showering and bathing are the largest indoor uses of water.
    • An average bath requires 37 gallons of water.
  • The average American uses 140 to 170 gallons of water per day.
    • If every household in America had a faucet that dripped once each second, 928 million gallons of water a day would leak away.
  • An average family of four uses 881 gallons of water per week just by flushing the toilet.
    • Five gallons of water go down the drain if you leave the water running while brushing you teeth.
  • An automatic dishwasher uses 9 to 12 gallons of water while washing dishes by hand can use up to 20 gallons.
    • Watering grass and trees for longer periods of time but less frequently vs. shorter periods of time more frequently not only saves water but helps build stronger roots.
  • An average of 20 percent of toilets leak water.
  • Lowering the amount of water you use lowers your utility bill and more importantly, using less water preserves a limited resource for generations to come.

Xeriscape Gardening
  • 7 Steps of Xeriscaping
    1. Planning and Design
    2. Improving the Soil
    3. Limit Turf Area
    4. Right Plant, Right Place
    5. Efficient Irrigation
    6. Mulch, Mulch, Mulch
    7. Good Maintenance

Visit Treasure Island Garden, located adjacent to Lake Laku, along the Poudre River Trail south of Eastman Park, to view our Xeriscape demonstration area and pick up brochure material to learn how to implement xeriscape principles in your home. See our list of drought resistant plants.