In this issue
Denver Water is taking a very serious look at climate change — becoming one of the first water utilities in the nation to study potential vulnerabilities to our water supply.
This is the first step in preparing for climate change — understanding how our water system could change in the future. Because we can’t control how the region will change in the future, and we don’t know exactly how it will change, we need to understand how our system would respond to the range of possibilities.
Our goal is to prepare our system to best meet changes as they unfold. A full-time physicist leads this effort, figuring out how and when a changing climate would affect water utilities in the West. We budget $50,000 a year to research and investigate climate change with the goal of bringing awareness to decision-makers about how climate change could affect water supplies in the future.
Colorado is a hotbed for climate science, with one of the highest concentrations of people working on climate change. It’s a great opportunity for a water utility to harness the local horsepower of world-renowned scientists to help us plan for the future.
Collect your fall leaves to cultivate your own compost for next summer‘s garden.
Most soils can be improved by adding compost, which helps retain water in the soil and at the plant’s roots. You should add compost to flower beds and gardens, as well as to soil before laying sod or planting trees and shrubs. You also can use compost as a top dressing on existing lawns.
Compost is 100 percent organic matter. You can buy it, or you can create it from leaves, lawn clippings and vegetable waste products, such as cucumber peels. Compost can be made from a pile of leaves in a stray corner of the yard, or in a bin with air circulation and paddles to turn the pile. It also can be left alone under a black plastic cover (to protect it from Colorado’s dry climate) and turned and watered frequently.
Automatic Pay Plan — free
- Your water bill payment will automatically be withdrawn from your bank account.
- Never worry about the due date again.
- Enroll online.
E-bills — free
- Ready to go paperless? Sign up to receive your water bills via email.
- Use our Auto Pay Plan and E-bill service together. After you have enrolled in our Automatic Pay Plan, click on E-bill and send Denver Water your email address. Your next water bill will be emailed to you, saving paper with each bill.
Web pay — free
- Visit our website each time you want to make an online payment. This option is useful for last-minute payments.
Time is running out to earn a rebate for buying a high-efficiency washing machine. Customers must purchase by Sept. 30 and submit a rebate application by Dec. 31 to be eligible.
There are still plenty of ways to save water and earn money for doing so. Rebates are available for high-efficiency toilets, often a household’s largest water user, as well as rotary nozzles and weather-based smart controllers.