Save It, Don’t Spray It.
Lush green lawns are a source of pride for many, but traditional grass is a water guzzler. In fact, watering your lawn can be one of the main reasons your water costs rise as the weather gets warmer. As part of our on-going conservation efforts, the District participates in the City of Fort Collins Sprinkler Audit program. This program provides free water efficiency evaluations for residential sprinkler systems.
These audits help customers evaluate their system efficiency, optimal operation and potential water-saving upgrades. In the past, audit participants have learned how to adjust their watering schedule to account for seasonal changes, which sprinkler heads are clogged or need replacing and how to make controller adjustments. Following the audit, homeowners receive a follow-up report that includes advice on efficient lawn watering as well as a customized list of repairs for their home.
“[The sprinkler audit] was thorough, very productive & FREE!” – Sharon V.
“[The Auditor] was very informative, showed and explained everything. She answered all of my questions and even showed me how to use our control panel properly, I learned so much! – Cindy S.
“Excellent explanations and a ton of useful information.” – Barry L.
During 2019, 120 sprinkler systems were audited in the District. We saw the following results:
- 84% of controllers changed to be more efficient.
- 626,005 square feet of turf audited.
- 2,779,118 gallons of water saved due to changes implemented after the audit.
See Green, Save Green:
Participation in this program is open to all District customers from July through August; free audits are offered to 125 customers on a first come, first serve basis. Water you waiting for?
2020 audits begin in July, but you can get on the waitlist today. Visit the City of Fort Collins Sprinkler System Audit website to get onto the waitlist or schedule your audit. Please note that when you are inputting your account number, do NOT add the hyphen (e.g. 12345678 …. NOT 123456-78).
In light of COVID-19, we understand customers may be concerned about having an audit this year due to social interaction. Please know the City of Fort Collins is dedicated to ensuring the health, safety and well-being of customers and employees. As a result, audits have been modified to be contactless and minimize in-person interactions. The auditor will still come to home however protective safety measures have been implemented including maintaining physical distance and the use of personal protective equipment.
You can be part of the water-saving solution
We’ve heard our customers’ desire for increased water conservation and efficiency within our district. As part of our continued efforts, we’re pleased to offer free sprinkler system audits to our customers, in partnership with the City of Fort Collins Utilities. This is just one of the many ways we’re working to secure the future of water for our customers.