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WaterSense: Making Every Drop Count

 

WaterSense is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program to promote and enhance water-efficient products and services.

The City of Fort Collins became a WaterSense Partner to help our customers conserve water for future generations and reduce costs on their water bills.


WaterSense Tips of the Month


January

Resolve to Save Water in 2015


February
  • Snuggle up with savings this winter. Sign up for a free Larimer County home efficiency assessment.
  • Give your Valentine a romantic getaway or spring trip at a hotel that saves water.
  • Water and energy savings—a perfect pair. Show your utility bill some love and savings with WaterSense labeled products. Get even more love and savings with Fort Collins Utilities rebates.
  • Want to learn about sustainable landscapes? Sign up now for the High Plains Landscape Workshop on Feb. 28.

March

March: Fix a Leak Week is March 14-20

  • Spring forward to water savings by checking for leaks. Use these tips from Fort Collins Utilities to find out if you have any leaks in your home.
  • This Fix a Leak Week (March 14-20), join the chase by checking, twisting, and replacing your way to water savings.
  • Learn how to Fix a Leak to add water and energy savings to your pot of gold. Watch the tutorial videos to fix leaks in just a couple easy steps!
  • On World Water Day, March 22, conserve water to ensure that future generations have access to our most precious resource.
  • Read a Coloradoan article about being water wise in your home and fixing leaks.
  • Free Fix a Leak Kits are available at 222 Laporte Ave., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday. Kits include a drip calculator, leak ruler, faucet washers, pipe tape and toilet dye tablets to help identify leaks, learn how much water is being wasted and get started on repairs.

April

April: Water-Smart Landscaping


May

May: Sprinkler Spruce-Up

  • Take water waste out of your Mother's Day bouquet. Surprise Mom with a beautiful landscape that saves water all year.
  • It's time for a Sprinkler Spruce-Up. Inspect, connect, direct and select before you elect to water this summer. And when you turn on your sprinkler system this season, be sure to sign up for a free sprinkler audit.
  • Your plants need water, not your driveway. Quench their thirst and save by redirecting sprinklers to apply water only to the landscape. Check out more water wise lawn care tips.
  • Catching up on yard work this weekend? Aerate soil to improve water flow to the plant's root zone and reduce water runoff.

June
  • Celebrate water in Fort Collins with a splash at the Big Splash event. Put on by the Poudre Landmarks Foundation, the Big Splash is June 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • WaterSense has helped consumers save billions in water, energy and utility bills. Check out the annual water conservation report to see what Fort Collins Utilities has done to conserve water.
  • Do your part to save water for future generations by watering smarter this summer.
  • It's summertime, and saving water is easy. Reduce landscape evaporation by not watering in the middle of the day. Check out more water wise lawn care tips.
  • This summer, cool off with rebates on your favorite WaterSense labeled sprinkler controller.
  • It's not too late to sign up for a free sprinkler audit. Sign up today and start saving water in your yard.

July
  • Declare independence from water waste: Replace your sprinkler's controller with a WaterSense labeled sprinkler controller. Don't forget your $100 rebate for water customers.
  • Use water wisely in your yard. Attend the Xeriscape Garden Party to learn how.
  • We want YOU to get a free audit for your sprinkler system and save water.
  • Water smarter outdoors with these tips from WaterSense.

August
  • Start saving water in your home today with these tips from WaterSense. To save even more water and reduce utility costs in your home, sign up for a Home Efficiency Audit.
  • It's easy to calculate the savings of a WaterSense labeled new home (hint: 50,000 gallons of water per year!) How about being the trendsetter in Fort Collins?
  • Wash full loads of laundry to reduce cycles run and save water. Replacing a clothes washer? Rebates are available.

September
  • Don’t wear white; try going green. This Labor day, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator and save.
  • School is back in session; practice your calculations using the water usage calculator from Home Water Works.
  • Are you an educator preparing lesson plans? Add water efficiency to your syllabus with WaterSense resources. And check out the education opportunities and programs Fort Collins Utilities offers for youth and adults.
  • Find your water sense IQ; play an interactive game with Flo.

October
  • Freshen up with a WaterSense labeled showerhead to save both water and energy. $10 rebates available for Fort Collins Utilities water customers.
  • Pre-1994 toilets use 3.5 to 7 gallon per flush. If you have an older home and the bathrooms haven’t been updated, your household can easily save thousands of gallons of water a year by installing high-efficiency toilets. Double rebates on qualified WaterSense toilets are available now for for Fort Collins Utilities water customers.

November
  • Turn daylight savings into water savings with rebates on WaterSense labeled products.
  • On World Toilet Day, give thanks for each flush. 2.6 billion people don’t have access to proper sanitation.
  • In charge of the turkey this Thanksgiving? Save water by thawing it overnight rather than using a running tap.
  • From the food on our plates to a shower at the end of the day, be thankful for water and everything it provides.

December
  • If you’re hosting guests, save water in the kitchen with simple tips from WaterSense.
  • Make your holiday shopping list and check it twice for the WaterSense label on products certified to perform well. Don’t forget your rebate.
  • A house full of holiday guests can still be water-efficient. Run your dishwasher only when it’s fully loaded.
  • Give yourself the gift of savings by checking for leaks in your home.

The aim of the WaterSense program is to decrease indoor and outdoor water use through high-efficiency products and simple water-saving practices. By setting performance and water use specifications, WaterSense helps consumers identify products that work well and save water. WaterSense products must:

  • perform as well or better than their less efficient counterparts
  • be about 20 percent more water-efficient than average products in that category
  • be independently certified

Toilets were the first products to be certified with the WaterSense label. Under federal law, toilets must not exceed 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf), but WaterSense labeled toilets use just 1.28 gpf or less. To date, more than 730 toilet models carry the label by being independently tested to ensure they meet rigorous criteria for both performance and efficiency. WaterSense has also expanded to include 2,700 faucets models and 300 showerhead models

As WaterSense labeled products become more available in the marketplace, it will be easier for you to identify and select a variety of quality, high-efficiency products and services. As part of the Senate Bill 14-103, only WaterSense products will be sold in Colorado beginning in 2016.

Check out the rebates Utilities offers to residential and commercial customers for WaterSense labeled products.

Find out more about the WaterSense program or see a list of labeled products.

Learn about high water use and how to identify and fix household leaks.