Remembering to water wisely, Council proclaims July Smart Irrigation Month

In Castle Rock, warm sunshine, family cook-outs and lounging in the yard are all part of the summer tradition – but so is conservation. Because July is typically the hottest time of the year in Colorado, it’s also one of the toughest months for lawns. That’s why Castle Rock Water is educating residents how to be smart about irrigating this summer.

Town Council proclaimed July as Smart Irrigation Month at its June 20 regular meeting.

The purpose of the proclamation is to remind residents about the importance of water conservation. Castle Rock residents have reduced their water consumption by more than 20 percent over the past eight years. This summer, Castle Rock Water wants residents to stay on the right track.

Here are a few small things that could add up to big savings:

• Use water-efficient products, like low-flow shower heads and toilets.

• Ensure landscaping is appropriate for Colorado’s semi-arid high desert climate.

• Use the cycle-and-soak method when irrigating to make sure water doesn’t runoff on nearby streets and sidewalks.

Plus, don’t just set the sprinkler clock and forget it. Watering restrictions are in place through August. To help Castle Rock Water keep up with demand throughout the season, watering restrictions require residents to follow an every-third-day watering schedule. Residents can check out to find out their assigned watering day.

Additionally, the time of day residents are watering is very important. Make sure to only water between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. This is when evaporation and summer temperatures are at their lowest, and watering is most efficient.

Remember overwatering wastes your water. Use it wisely. There are plenty of ways to save water and see great landscaping results. For more conservation tips, including a Run-Time Calculator; Weather Station application; and Plant Finder, check out Castle Rock Water’s newly redesigned

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