It is the Chamber's strong belief that new water sources need to be developed for the community. By itself, conservation is not a substitute for a wise, forward-thinking comprehensive water policy. With that understanding, there are many things we can do to save water.
- Have a professional perform a water use assesment and implement recommendations.
- Install faucet aerators and high efficiency shower heads. It just so happens that some of the best are made by Fort Collins-based WaterPik.
- Install low flow toilets or adjust flush valves.
- When you replace appliances, select water-saving models.
- Instead of hosing off paved areas, sweep them clean instead.
- Water your business' lawn and landscaping during the coolest part of the day and avoid watering on windy days.
- Install moisture sensors on sprinkler systems, and set them to water the lawn or landscaping only to avoid wasting water on sidewalks and streets. If possible, use drip hoses and trickle irrigation systems.
- Use native plants in your landscape because they are adapted for our more arid climate.
- Use mulch around shrubs and flower beds to keep the soil moist.
- Minimize the use of fertilizer.
Local Resources and Organizations
- WaterPik. Some of the most elegant but low-water usage shower heads in the world are made by this Fort Collins-based company.
- Fort Collins Utilities Department.
- Climate Wise.
- Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District. Northern Water's Conservation Gardens contain more than 700 plants and 60 turf grasses that thrive in Colorado's arid climate.
- Colorado Native Plant Society. As you look to use native plants in your landscaping, this site has great information about plants that are adapted to Colorado's climate.
- Colorado State University Extension.