|Water Conservation Opportunities
- 2013 Rebate Program;
- Xeriscape / WaterWise Landscape Workshop & Lecture Series w/ Master Gardener, Harriette Einolf, and a line-up of renowned authors and experts;
- Xeriscape / WaterWise Landscape Design Contest;
- Xeriscape / WaterWise Garden-In-A-Box;
Call 303-999-3820, Ext. 222, or visit GardenStore.ConservationCenter.org! to reserve one or more live xeric Garden-In-A-Box kits for your home and/or HOA.
We offer two Garden-In-A-Box pick-up dates from the Castle Pines North Metropolitan District, located at 7404 Yorkshire Drive, Castle Pines, CO 80108:
- Spring Pick-Up Day = Saturday, May 4, 2013, 8AM to 12PM (SOLD OUT)
- Fall Pick-Up Day = Saturday, August 31, 2013, 8AM to 12PM (Supplies limited. Order today!)
- Outdoor Irrigation Efficiency Audit & Recommendations for both HOAs and individual homeowners alike;
- Indoor Water Use Efficiency Audit & Recommendations for individual homeowners; and
- 2013 Outdoor Watering Calendar.
Xeric & WaterWise Garden Cornucopia
Water Saving Tips - So Easy a Kid Can Do It
Metro District Utilizes Smart Water Applications Technology to Manage Water Use
The Castle Pines North Metropolitan District's new Calsense Irrigation Flow Management System utilizes a centralized computer controlled irrigation system.
The system's flow meter sensors are able to detect abnormally high rates of water flow and are designed to shut down a main irrigation line within a few short minutes. The system is programmed to automatically send an "alert" message to the computer used by the parks and open space staff. The message provides the details of the issue and the exact location of the failure so that repairs can be made quickly.
Shortly after the system was brought online in 2008, a failure was detected in a main line break over a weekend and shut down the affected area, saving an estimated 168,600 gallons of water. That equates to the amount of water one family could use indoors for two years (based on 7,000 gallons a month). An added value to the system's design is that it will shutdown one zone when an emergency occurs, but continue the watering of other scheduled zones. Additional benefits of the system include water management reporting and water budgeting.
The Calsense system was purchased in 2007 with a $56,000 grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board. Calsense is the leader in Smart Water Applications Technology (SWAT), a national partnership initiative created by the Irrigation Association to promote landscape water use efficiency through the application of state-of-the-art irrigation technologies. The Calsense system receives data from the Campbell Scientific Weather Station weather to determine weather conditions and is ET and soil moisture based.