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Close curtains and shades during the summer to keep your home cooler.

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Fort Collins Utilities is an equal opportunity residential and commercial utility service provider. We do not discriminate in the terms, conditions or provision of services based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin.

Fort Collins Utilities es una empresa proveedora de servicios públicos residenciales y comerciales con igualdad de oportunidad. No discriminamos en los términos, las condiciones o la provisión de servicios en base a raza, color, religión, sexo, discapacidad, estatus familiar o nacionalidad de origen.

Design and Installation

  • Choose the appropriate type of sprinkler.
    For grass, use low-volume, low-angle sprinklers and select heads that fit the size and shape of areas to be watered. Drip, spray or bubbler emitters are the best methods for watering trees, shrubs, flowers and ground covers.
  • Design zones to address various water needs.
    Keep turf areas and shrub beds on different zones since they require different amounts of water.
  • Follow backflow prevention requirements.
  • Install a rain shut-off device, such as a rain sensor or soil moisture sensor, to prevent watering during and after rain. (rebates available)
  • Hire a sprinkler contractor certified by the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado.
  • Use a WaterSense labeled controller (rebates available)
  • Use high efficiency nozzles and pressure-reducing heads to limit drift and save water (rebates available)


  • Repeat short cycles to allow water to soak in areas where water runs off quickly.
  • Water late evening or early morning every three days.
  • Reduce the system operating pressure if you see a fine mist or fog.
  • Adjust sprinkler heads if they create runoff on walks or driveways.
  • Angle heads as low as possible to limit evaporation.


  • Routinely check for damaged sprinkler heads, inadequate coverage, clogged nozzles and line leaks.
  • Reset the watering schedule at least once a month. Use the daily Lawn Watering Guide in the Coloradoan newspaper as a guide to how much to water. Or change the schedule based on the historic weekly watering needs for Kentucky Bluegrass.
  • Learn more about healthy lawn maintenance.