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Plan ahead now to change your lawn and landscape next spring and summer

Front porch with low water use garden.
Low-water landscapes can be attractive and help lead to lower summertime monthly water bills. Photo credit: iStock.

The summer of 2020 was hot and dry, and — as is normal — a time of higher monthly water bills among our customers, as they help their lawns and landscapes endure the heat.

Denver Water’s reservoirs this year were able to capture and store enough water for the 1.5 million people who rely on us every day. But our planners will continue monitoring the weather in coming months because most of the water Colorado receives comes in the form of snow.

This fall is a good time to think about how you used your lawn and landscape last summer — and what changes you may want to make next spring and summer to be more efficient.

To get started, is there an area of your lawn that you only visited to mow or water? Think about making meaningful upgrades to that area. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Garden In A Box offers professionally designed, water-wise garden kits tailor-made for Colorado yards.
  • A tree can help provide shade to your yard. Native flowers or shrubs use less water than grass, and vegetable gardens can grow food for the table.
  • Consider expanding your patio space with pea gravel and stones that allow water to flow through and reach the soil below.
  • Don’t simply rip out the grass and replace it with rock. Living plants are important. They provide shade, help hold the soil in place and cool the environment.

And sign up for Denver Water’s monthly, summertime personalized water-use reports to learn more about your individual water use during the outdoor watering season.To sign up, call Customer Care at 303-893-2444 to update your Denver Water account with your email address.

Colorado’s dry climate means we all need to do our part to ensure adequate water supplies will be available well into the future.

Learn more about water-wise landscaping.