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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
Resolve to Save Water in 2019
- Make a resolution to save water; commit to use WaterSense inside, outdoors and at work.
- Planning an addition this year? Plumb it with a little WaterSense and save water, time, and money.
- It pays to save water. Fort Collins Utilities offers rebates to residential water customers for WaterSense labeled showerheads, toilets, and sprinkler equipment. Commercial water customers can also get rebates on toilets and sprinkler equipment.
- Want to learn about sustainable landscapes? Sign up now for the High Plains Landscape Workshop.
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.
- Sign up for a class at the Gardens on Spring Creek and learn how to save water outdoors.
Fix a Leak Week Occurs Each Year
- 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.
- Free toilet dye tablets are available at 222 Laporte Ave. from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon., Tue., Thu. and Fri. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed.
- Catch spring fever and shape up your lawn with WaterSense's springtime landscaping tips.
- Help the City of Fort Collins with the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation. Pledge to conserve today.
- From coast to coast, choose low water-using plants native to your region to save water in the garden. Fort Collins Utilities Xeriscape Incentive Program will help you make the right choices for our region.
- Spring cleaning? Get acquainted with your water bill and clean up on savings indoors and out.
- Earth Day is April 22. How are you conserving water? Use the Home Water Works calculator to find out what you can do to conserve.
- 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.
Be a Summer Water Saver
- 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.
- Use water wisely in your yard. Attend the Xeriscape Garden Party to learn how.
- Reduce landscape evaporation by not watering in the middle of the day. Check out more water wise lawn care tips.
- 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.
Declare Independence From Water Waste
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Rebates on qualified WaterSense toilets are available to Fort Collins Utilities water customers.
- 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.
- 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.