Posts Tagged ‘Conservation’

Your water bill is going up (slightly). Here’s why

That small increase helps us make big system upgrades, ensure water reliability and plan for future needs.

By Steve Snyder

 

Nobody likes to pay a bill.

No matter how much you like a service or how essential it may be, handing over your hard-earned money to somebody else — particularly if that bill often increases from year to year — is never fun.

But when it comes to your water bill, the simple fact is the cost of running a complex water system continues to rise. Your bill helps to maintain and upgrade a vast infrastructure that allows us to collect, treat and deliver safe, reliable water, while also providing for essential fire protection services.

You’ll see some slight increases in your water bill starting April 1, 2017. Here are the answers to three questions you may be asking:

  1. Why are you raising my rates?
crews placing concrete for storage tank at Hillcrest

Crews work to place the concrete floor of one of the new Hillcrest treated water storage tanks on Dec. 10. Denver Water is in the middle of a $100 million project to improve the safety and reliability of its Hillcrest facility by replacing two 15-million-gallon underground water storage tanks with three 15-million-gallon tanks, and a pump station.

We have a large, intricate system with a lot of aging infrastructure. With a 5-year, $1.3 billion capital plan, we’re staying on top of the upgrades and new projects needed to keep this system running.

(Watch the video at the top of the page to see the kinds of projects, like replacing failing underground storage tanks and aging pipes.)

To keep up with this necessary work, we are increasing the monthly fixed charge on your bill to help us even out our revenues over the year so we can repair and upgrade our system. This means less reliance on revenues from how much water customers use, which has become increasingly difficult to predict in recent years given the more frequent and extreme weather fluctuations.

  1. How much is my water bill going up?

That depends on the type of customer you are and how you use water. Your bill is comprised of a fixed monthly charge and charges for how much water you use.

Every customer will see an increase to their monthly fixed charge. If you’re like most residential customers who have a 3/4-inch meter, that charge will increase from $8.79 to $11.86 per month.

To help offset the fixed monthly charge, the charge per 1,000 gallons for many customers will see a small decrease in 2017.

Adding up those two elements, if you live in Denver and use 115,000 gallons of water a year in the same way you did in 2016, you can expect to see an annual increase of about $29, which averages out to a monthly increase of about $2.40 a month. (Summer bills are typically higher because of outdoor water use.)

If you live in the suburbs and get your water from one of our 66 distributors, your bill will be higher than Denver resident’s. That’s because the Denver City Charter requires that suburban customers pay the full cost of service, plus an additional amount.

  1. You ask me to use less water and then raise my rates. Am I being penalized for conservation?

We always encourage conservation and the efficient use of water. In fact, rates would be higher without our customers’ conservation efforts; we’d have to build more treatment and distribution facilities to keep up with the demand for water.

For example, your conservation efforts are saving Denver Water an estimated $155 million on a new treatment plant and storage facilities because it doesn’t have to be as big as we originally estimated. That’s $155 million we don’t have to recover through rates and charges.

No one likes paying higher bills, but consider the overall value of water. Most Denver Water customers will still pay about $3 for 1,000 gallons of water.

And while rates are going up, Denver Water is committed to keeping water affordable, particularly for the essential indoor water use that is vital for drinking, cooking and sanitation. In 2017, customers will continue to pay the lowest rate for what they use indoors.

 

If you’d like to talk over your bill with someone, contact Denver Water’s Customer Care team at 303-893-2444, and a representative will help you calculate your individual bill impacts, based on your personal water-use information.

How to grow the perfectly watered moustache

Water-saving shaving tips to ensure you and the bearded men in your life enjoy Movember responsibly.

By Dave Gaylinn and Jimmy Luthye

 

 

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Image credit: Movember.com

It’s Movember, that glorious time of year when the upper lips of many a male all but disappear for a good cause: to raise funds — and awareness — for men’s health, and especially early cancer detection.

Yes, it’s getting pretty hairy out there — and that’s a good thing.

And since we’re sure you have carefully planned how to grow the perfect Movember ’stache, we thought we’d offer some quick facts and water-saving shaving tips. Try saying that five times fast …

First, some facts:

  • The average man needs about 3.5 minutes per shave.
  • A WaterSense-labeled faucet aerator allows 1.5 gallons to flow per minute. That’s 5.25 gallons of water per shave.
  • For those men who shave seven days a week, that amounts to almost 2,000 gallons of water per year!

Yes, that’s a lot. And yes, you can do better.

Here are some quick water-saving tips while you keep yourself looking fresh:

  • Don’t run the water through your entire shave.
  • Try shaving right after your shower. It’ll take less time for your pipes to warm up.
  • Use an electric razor. No water required!

Be sure to save water all year and enjoy Movember responsibly.

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4 water-related tips as you ‘fall back’ for winter

Nov. 6 marks the end of daylight saving time, giving you an extra hour of sleep — and a winter weather wake-up call.

By Tyler St. John

Ahh, the end of daylight saving time. That wonderful day when you get to set back your clocks and gain an hour of extra sleep — or productivity, if you’re the enterprising type.

And while many of you may be familiar with the call to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors this time of year, we’d like to add four water-related reminders to the list:

Forget the bags — mulch leaves right into the grass to provide nutrients for the lawn.

Forget the bagsmulch leaves right into the grass to provide nutrients for the lawn.

1. Empty your rain barrels. Now that it’s legal to capture rainwater in 55-gallon water barrels, it’s time to dump out any existing water for the winter. If the barrel is still full when the temperature drops below freezing, it will freeze and crack.

2. Take care of your landscape. To avoid a yard full of leaves and fungus over the next few months, follow these 5 DIY fall landscape tips to keep your yard alive through the cold, dark winter.

3. Winterize your sprinklers. You won’t need to water your lawn once it freezes over with ice and snow. Turn off and drain your sprinkler systems to avoid underground leaks in the spring, and turn off outdoor faucets and disconnect your hoses. Check out more tips on how to keep your irrigation system intact.

4. Check your indoor pipes. Once the weather gets colder, pipes in your house can freeze and expand, causing them to burst. Make sure you know the location of your water shut-off valve and insulate pipes close to exterior walls or in unheated basements. Get more details and more cold weather tips.

Disconnect your hose before it freezes.

Disconnect your hose before it freezes and cracks the pipes feeding the spigot.

What to do with all those pumpkin guts (Hint: Do not flush)

The terrifying truth about carving pumpkins, and dealing with Halloween’s unexpected water waste.

By Jimmy Luthye

 

Fact: Fall is the best season, October is the best month in the best season, and Halloween is the best holiday in the best month in the best season.

Moose in a pumpkin on National Pumpkin Day.

Exhibit A: A cat named Moose in a pumpkin makes any day better.

Can you tell I love Halloween? Also, pumpkins. I love carving them. I love their exuberant glow on a chilly fall night. I love the dream combo of pumpkins and cats (see Exhibit A on right).

But to all my fellow pumpkin carvers out there, did you know the goopy mess inside those exquisite orange gourds can lead to wasted water?

It’s true. Plumbing experts say a lot of folks are running pumpkin pulp and seeds through garbage disposals or flushing them down toilets, which leads to clogs and unnecessary water waste.

Terrifying!

In the spirit of the best season, I’ve thrown together a tidy list of five suggestions to consider in case pumpkin gunk has you stumped. Thank me later.

  1. Compost. Sure, you can simply toss the innards of the ol’ gourd in the trash, but consider composting instead. It’s perfect for your springtime garden!
  2. Make a pumpkin planter. What’s better than a pumpkin? A pumpkin with pretty plants in it, naturally.
  3. Eat it. From toasted seeds to risotto to pumpkin butter, delicious options abound!
  4. Wear it. Jewelry is good. People like jewelry.
  5. Fling it at your enemies! OK, don’t do this. I really just needed a fifth suggestion.

Thirsting for more? Here’s a list of 28 way more specific things you can do with pumpkins, and their guts.

So keep the goop out of your pipes and have yourself a glorious National Pumpkin Day, Halloween and autumn!

Cats and pumpkins

 

Contributing: Kim Unger, Steve Snyder and Dave Gaylinn.

5 DIY fall landscape tips that will save you money

Thwart costly repairs and upgrades next year with this prewinter checklist

By Travis Thompson

Remember when you were paid to do chores as a kid? Well, we found a way to make those jobs profitable again.

Follow this easy do-it-yourself checklist to avoid costly landscape and irrigation system repairs next spring, and put the money you saved back into the bank:

John Gebhart, Denver Water Conservation technician, showed 9News viewers how to protect exposed outdoor pipes and nozzles from freezing this winter.

John Gebhart, Denver Water Conservation specialist, showed 9News viewers how to protect exposed outdoor pipes and nozzles from freezing this winter.

Winterize: In 2015, Denver Water techs discovered about 80 homes with an irrigation system leak, and about half of those leaks occurred in September and October — when the nightly temperatures started to drop.

Don’t become a statistic. With freeze season underway, winterize your irrigation system now to prevent costly damage caused by frozen water left in pipes. Here are some tips from Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado on how to properly prepare your system for winter.

Don’t have a sprinkler system? You still should disconnect your hoses from the spigot before it gets too cold. If you don’t, you’re leaving your faucet and hose vulnerable to the winter conditions that could cause the pipes feeding the spigot to break.

Mow: Did you know that late-season mowing helps reduce the risk of mold and other diseases forming in your yard? There is no reason to trim your grass shorter than usual, but make sure to get in one last cut before the snow flies. This simple task may save you from having to apply a fungicide later.

Mulch: If you’re like me, raking and bagging is the fall chore I dread most. But with one easy step, you can make the job easier while benefiting your yard. Just keep the bag off your mower and mulch the leaves into the grass.

Why? According to ALCC’s tips for fall lawn care, “The mulched leaves will naturally compost into the soil, providing nutrients for the lawn.”

If you do need to collect and bag your leaves, take advantage of community leaf drop programs, like this one in Denver. (And if you have kids, don’t forget to rake the leaves into large piles to dive into first!)

Aerate: By opening up pathways for water and nutrients to move into the root zone, you’ll have a thicker and more drought-tolerant lawn without having to apply more water.

Transplant: Do you have an area that you are looking to transform into a more water-wise landscape? If so, now’s the perfect time to make the move. If you or a neighbor have established plants, splice off some sections and follow these simple steps to get your new garden off and running — for free!

 

Of course, you can always pay the kids in your neighborhood to do these chores for you and call it a wash. Either way, you’ll have a healthier landscape next spring while saving time, money and water.

Why is all that water pouring into the street?

Flushing stagnant water out of our hydrants, all in the name of high-quality H2O.

By Steve Snyder

 

Steve Lovato gets the same question all the time.

“Why are you wasting water, especially if we’re in a drought?”

As a system quality supervisor for Denver Water, Lovato is charged with flushing more than 3,000 hydrants and blow-off valves in our distribution system. That means he opens hydrants all around the metro area — letting lots of water rush out onto the streets.

Why?

“These hydrants sit at the end of a water main, so water isn’t constantly circulating like in other parts of the system,” said Lovato. “When water sits in a pipe too long, the quality isn’t as high as when it leaves our treatment plants. Flushing the hydrants brings that water quality back to where we want it.”

So every year from April to October, Lovato and his team open hydrants to get rid of stagnant water, but not without a lot of preparation first.

“We look at the size and length of the water mains before we go out, so we have a good idea of how much water it will take to flush a particular area,” Lovato said.

On average, about 1,000 gallons of water is flushed before the water is back to Denver Water standards. That amount represents a very, very small amount of our total annual consumption — about 0.01 percent.

But as you can imagine, opening hydrants in a busy area tends to draw a crowd, so the crews put up signs and hand out informational pamphlets explaining what Denver Water is doing and why.

And boy, do people love to watch.

“We have kids come up to play in the water,” Lovato said. “We have people who fill buckets to put on their gardens and lawns.”

And yes, people ask him why we’re “wasting” so much water.

“They have a lot of questions, but when we tell them we are making sure they have high-quality water, they are very accepting of what we are doing,” Lovato added.

As the hydrants spew water, Lovato watches for clarity, while testing the temperature and water-quality levels. When everything meets Denver Water’s standards, Lovato seals the hydrant and moves on to the next stop. Each hydrant takes about 10 to 15 minutes to flush. But the impact is more lasting.

“It’s important to make sure people have great quality water,” Lovato said. “That’s the thing I love about my job.”

Getting personal about water use

Pilot program’s water use reports offer customers insights on efficiency.

By Dana Strongin

We realize it’s easy to say changing a yard can make it more beautiful and still use less water. It’s not so easy to explain how, yet our customers prove there are plenty of appealing options.

Residents throughout our service area have achieved water-efficient results when they put beautiful, low-water landscape ideas into action — everything from native plants to entertaining spaces to vegetable gardens.

This summer, homeowners in the Park Hill area are receiving personalized outdoor water use reports as part of a pilot program that 9News anchor Kyle Clark featured in June.

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Ben Dinsmore and his wife, Tracy, and son, Soren, ditched their front lawn in favor of a vegetable garden after moving to Park Hill two years ago.

They are learning how their water use compares with what is considered efficient, as well as with neighbors who have similar-sized yards.

Denver Water’s conservation department decided to focus on the Park Hill neighborhood because homeowners there are using more water on landscapes than other neighborhoods in its service area. More than 40 percent of the homes are exceeding the efficiency target of 12 gallons per irrigated square foot annually.

The program tests homeowners’ response to individualized feedback on water use.

“This is taking Use Only What You Need to the next level by providing customers with customized information about the water needs of their property,” said Mark Cassalia, Denver Water conservation specialist.

“This isn’t just about focusing on customers using too much water,” said Phill Segura, a conservation analyst who helped develop the pilot program. “The great thing about this effort is that a lot of the customers receiving the letters are getting a pat on the back, because we’re able to show them they’re using water efficiently. We want to celebrate that great work.”

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Dinsmore’s raised garden beds are proof that veggies can be both beautiful and bountiful.

While a detailed evaluation of the program’s impact on behavior change will begin in January, Cassalia said they’ve learned from talking with customers in the program that the letters help them understand how much they should be watering their lawns.

In addition, Denver Water is highlighting homeowners with inspiring yards who use water efficiently. Our Water Savers cruised the streets last summer in search of customer landscapes that are beautiful, functional and water-use efficient — everything we thought anyone could want. We enjoyed some extra delight when we learned that one of our favorites belonged to a fellow Denver Water employee, Ben Dinsmore, a GIS technician.

The conservation team plans to continue this pilot and test additional strategies in 2017 to advance Denver Water’s understanding about effective ways to help customers use water efficiently.

Why your water bill is going up

New rate structure still rewards conservation while helping us upgrade our system in a fluctuating climate.

By Travis Thompson

We’re getting a lot of questions about our new rate structure.

No surprise there. With multiple tiers of pricing, indoor and outdoor usage totals, and higher fixed charges to meet infrastructure demands and the extreme weather fluctuations of climate change, water rates are complex and often confounding.

Denver Water crews proactively install or replace an average of 60,000 feet of pipe throughout our service area per year. About $11 million will go to main replacement and main improvement in 2016 and $130 million will be invested in main replacements over the next 10 years.

Denver Water crews proactively install or replace an average of 60,000 feet of pipe throughout our service area per year. About $11 million will go to main replacement and main improvement in 2016 and $130 million will be invested in main replacements over the next 10 years.

But of all the questions, one stands above all the others.

Is my bill going up?

That’s a straightforward question, and the simple answer is yes.

Not necessarily everyone’s bill, and not by the same amounts. But yes, in general, this year’s charges were designed to help us recover our increasing costs to collect, treat and deliver safe, reliable water, while remaining affordable and encouraging responsible water use among those we serve.

For about half of our Denver residential customers, the annual increase in 2016 will be less than $39, including some who will see a decrease. In the suburbs, about half of the residential customers will see a total increase this year of $100 or less, including some customers with annual decreases.

“The reality is that the cost of water is going to increase as we continue to invest in infrastructure, new supplies, watershed protection, reuse and more,” said Denver Water CEO Jim Lochhead. “We are committed to keeping essential water use affordable and ensuring our customers are getting good value for the increasing investments they will need to make in their water system.”

Answering that question invariably leads to others, especially these three:

  1. Are your new rates punishing me for conserving water?
  2. If not, why are the biggest residential water users paying less while households using the least amount of water are paying more?
  3. Why is my bill so much higher this year than it was last year?

Let’s take them one at a time.

Question 1: Am I being punished for conserving water?

Some customers tell us they worry the new rate structure doesn’t promote conservation.

Not so. Our philosophy remains exactly the same: The more you use, the more you pay. In fact, our new three-tiered rate structure gives customers a more accurate signal of how their water use affects their bills, allowing them to make changes to conserve water.

The old rate structure, which had four tiers, did its job. Customers reduced water use by more than 20 percent in the last 15 years, despite a population increase of 15 percent.

But under the old structure, most residential customers were paying the same price per 1,000 gallons for essential indoor use as they did for outdoor use – even if they weren’t efficient about their water use.

The new structure is much more individualized, with three tiers that help distinguish indoor use from outdoor watering for a typical-sized yard, and then anything additional for those who have larger properties or are being less efficient with their water.

All customers pay the cheapest rates (Tier 1) specific to their needs for essential indoor water use, considered vital for drinking, bathing and sanitation. That rate is calculated by averaging your monthly water consumption on bills dated January, February and March each year.

When you use more water than your unique indoor average, your price per gallon jumps to Tier 2. That price signal tells you you’re using more water, most likely outdoors. We bill this at the second lowest rate so you can still afford to have a healthy landscape. (It takes about 15,000 gallons a month to water an average-sized yard efficiently.)

Water used in excess of that amount jumps to Tier 3, where you are charged the highest rate per 1,000 gallons, alerting you that you may want to cut back on water use that is more about choice than need.

In other words, those using the most still pay the most.

Question 2:  OK. So why am I hearing that bills for the highest users are going down while the lowest water users are paying more? 

There has been talk and media coverage on this point. To be clear, higher water users will always pay higher bills than lower water consumers.

And for 90 percent of our residential customers, bills for those who are higher water users will increase more than for lower water users under the new structure.

The remaining customers at either end of the spectrum are a different story and hardly represent what a typical customer looks like.

Let’s look at the lowest 5 percent of our water users. In many cases, these customers don’t ever use water in some months. They may live in a different state for part of the year, or the property could be vacant because it was abandoned or is waiting on rental tenants, among other reasons.

We raised the fixed charge on everyone’s bill by about $2 a month, which helps us stabilize our revenue throughout the year to account for more frequent extreme weather fluctuations that affect water usage.

That will raise the water bills of these customers by as much as 30 percent. But in almost all of those cases, 30 percent means less than $25 a year.

The highest 5 percent of water users are unique in their own way. Some may have had massive leaks over time, while some may fill large ponds, which creates a huge spike in water use in one month of the year. Others just own really big properties with acres of grass.

Even if they’re efficient users, the size and use of these properties translates into annual water bills totaling thousands of dollars.

Under the old structure, these customers were charged $11 in the city and more than $12 in the suburbs for every 1,000 gallons they used over 40,000 gallons (Tier 4). But less than 1 percent of city customers and less than 3 percent of suburban customers were ever billed at those rates.

With the fourth tier eliminated, the most these customers will pay per 1,000 gallons of water used is $6.24 in the city and $7.87 in the suburbs.

If these customers use water exactly as they did last year, they could see their bills drop by more than $100 this year.

These are the exceptions in the rate formula, not the norm, and they do not reflect the bills of more than 200,000 active single-family residential accounts.

The reality is that about half of Denver residential customers can expect to pay less than $350 total in 2016 for water under the new rate structure. Last year, under the old structure, the total amount paid was less than $300 annually.

Question 3: So why is my bill so much higher this year than last?

We’re not in Hawaii or San Diego, where we can set the daily weather report on repeat. In the Denver metro area, no two days, or months, are alike.

If you look back at the temperature and precipitation numbers for our summer months over the past few years, you’ll see major differences. Because weather drives outdoor water use, these changes make it more difficult to compare your current summer bills to previous summer months.

In 2015, June and July were 5 degrees cooler and brought 5 more inches of precipitation to the metro area than those same months this year. That led to an overall water consumption increase this June and July of 32 percent (about 4.3 billion gallons) compared to last year.

Based on “the more you use, the more you pay,” customers who used more water this summer will pay more than they did last summer.

To figure out why your bill is higher this year, look at the gallons used before comparing the dollar amounts. This information is displayed on a graph on your bill that charts your water use over the previous year.

Image of actual customer's water use through July

With hot, dry temperatures in June and July this year compared to last year, customers are using more water (4.3 billion gallons, in fact), which means higher water bills.

 

So where does this leave us?

Updating our rate structure was an exercise in balancing three different, but related needs:

  1. Stabilizing our long-term rates and revenues so we can continue to maintain and operate the water system;
  2. Continuing to encourage conservation; and
  3. Keeping essential water use affordable for our customers.

Read, “Your water bill: Different path, same goals,” to learn more about how this new structure is designed to help us meet these goals.

It wasn’t easy, and we did not make the decision overnight. We spent 18 months weighing the different impacts of this change. And we didn’t do it alone. The process included input from community leaders, as well as voices from all of our customer types and stakeholder groups, including West Slope and environmental representatives. They recommended this rate structure as the ideal way for us to continue to deliver safe, clean and affordable drinking water today and in the future.

But we also knew it was going to be confusing, so our Customer Care team is standing by to assist you. Call 303-893-2444, and a representative will help you calculate your individual bill impacts, based on your personal water use information.

Rain drops keep falling in my barrel

Legalization of rain barrels saves water while teaching us how to operate our own water systems.

By Jimmy Luthye and Jamie Reddig

In case you haven’t heard, rain barrels are now legal in Colorado. As of Aug. 10, 2016, Coloradans can use up to two 55-gallon rain barrels per household.

Now, rain barrels certainly won’t solve everything when it comes to Colorado’s water supply gap. They simply can’t store enough water to make a huge difference. But every drop counts in a geographic area with a climate as unpredictable as Colorado’s.

And just as important as the water saved is the education rain barrels provide. Indeed, using rain barrels equates in many ways to managing and operating your very own, fun-sized water system, complete with rooftop watersheds, downspout rivers and tunnels, barrels-turned-reservoirs and garden hose pipelines.

Check out our infographic to illustrate the metaphor and show how you can learn to manage a water system of your own. And for even more information about how to get started, the Colorado Division of Water Resources has you covered.

Now all we need is some more rain!

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Is that patch of brown getting you down?

If your yard is feeling a bit heat-stressed, follow three simple steps to return your lawn to its happy place.

By Jessica Mahaffey

It’s natural to have a few brown spots in your yard during the peak summer months.

Use a nozzle if you see a brown spot that needs a little extra TLC.

Use a nozzle if you see a brown spot that needs a little extra TLC.

Really. It’s OK.

Those summertime blemishes are symptoms of heat stress, and a signal for you to adjust your watering habits.

If you’re feeling wiped out by our recent heat wave, chances are your irrigation system is facing the same exhaustion.

At Denver Water, we don’t even need to turn on the weather report to know what’s going on outside. When it rains, we watch water use plummet. When we hit a string of 90-plus degree days, (26 of the last 30 days), we see irrigation systems working harder.

In fact, over the past 30 days, customers used 10% more water than the average of the past five years.

But working harder doesn’t necessarily mean being smarter. So we turned to our friends at the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado for some watering tips to help quell a heat-stressed yard.

Tip 1: Inspect your yard and irrigation system.
Perform this simple screwdriver test to ensure your yard is getting enough water — especially in the brown areas. Next, visually inspect your irrigation system and adjust your sprinkler heads so they are firing at full pressure and are aligned to cover all areas of your yard. Learn about head-to-head coverage in just 15 seconds. If you don’t have an irrigation system, or need to replace your existing system, we recommend installing a WaterSense-labeled smart sprinkler controller. Denver Water offers up to a $100 rebate for qualifying models. Scared of operating your controller? Take a trip to the Twilight Zone to help ease your mind.

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We offer rebates for qualifying high-efficiency sprinkler nozzles.

 

Tip 2: Swap out non-efficient sprinkler heads.
Take advantage of our $3 rebate per sprinkler head and replace them with eligible rotary/high-efficiency nozzles. Rotary/high-efficiency nozzles fit most pop-up spray heads and provide better coverage and larger droplets, helping reduce brown spots in your yard. See how rotary nozzles out-spin the competition in this short video.

 

 

Tip 3: Give them a hand.
If temps remain high for a few days, hand-water those brown spots to give them some extra TLC. Avoid running the entire sprinkler system longer just to deal with problem areas because that wastes water and adds to your water bill. Don’t forget to use a shut-off nozzle on your hose to avoid unnecessary watering.

Remember, watering too much does not make brown spots go away. Brown spots can also be signs of grass-sickness, such as necrotic ring spots or ascochyta, both attributable to over-watering.
Learn more from a certified landscaping professional at the ALCC website.

Keeping your lawn healthy and happy is a responsibility that requires constant attention and adjustments, from properly installing and upgrading your irrigation system to keeping up with the routine maintenance,

Have no fear! Visit denverwater.org/conservation for more tips, including rebate information.

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