Water is a precious resource. Not only is it essential to our survival, the plants and animals we rely on for food need water to live too, so it pays to conserve and protect water quality.
Greeley's Water Conservation Program is one of the largest in the State of Colorado. The water conservation team is here to help the residents and businesses of Greeley become water efficient. The city adopted a water conservation plan that anticipates a more than 8 percent reduction in water demand over the next 20 years when compared to projected future demand without conservation. The program has resources to help Greeley save water inside the house, outdoors, and in commercial environments.
The Stormwater Division of Public Works is dedicated to making the community aware of pollution prevention from proper lawn fertilization techniques, disposal of pet waste, leaking oil from automobiles and many other issues that contribute to stormwater pollution. Stormwater is water that collects in the gutter from precipitation or excessive lawn watering and flows untreated to rivers, streams, and ditches. Pollution of stormwater affects water quality in the Cache la Poudre River, South Platte River, and other bodies of water.
Greeley 's drinking water starts as pure Rocky Mountain snowmelt and the Water Department uses the latest technologies and most effective practices to further improve its quality. Each year the water department publishes an annual consumer confidence report on Greeley's drinking water quality. The Cross Connection Control Program surveys and identifies potential cross connections in commercial and industrial sites. It also works to inform the public on the importance of backflow
preventers and other ways to prevent harmful substances from entering the water system.
The wastewater system in Greeley is clean, tight and well maintained. In addition to treating wastewater to meet or exceed EPA and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment requirements, the Water Pollution Control Facility works to maintain or improve the water quality of the Cache la Poudre River. The mission of the Industrial Pretreatment Program is to address discharges from industrial and commercial users.
- Only run full loads in the dishwasher or washing machine.
- Never dispose of oil or other engine fluids down the storm drain, on the ground, or into a ditch.
- Replace old toilets with models that use less water per flush.
- Scoop up pet waste and flush it down the toilet or seal it in a plastic bag and throw it in the trash.
- Take shorter showers. Turn the shower off when soaping up and turn it back on to rinse off.
- Follow directions when fertilizing your lawn and use chemicals sparingly.
- A good way to check for leaks is to examine winter water usage. It's likely that a household has a serious leak if winter water use exceeds 2,000 gallons per month for each person in the home.
- Never pour cooking grease down any drain. It can cause foul odors and sewage backups. Empty it into a can, let it solidify and dispose of it with the trash.
- Sweep driveways and sidewalks instead of hosing them off.
- Use the cycle and soak method of watering. Run a sprinkler for 5-7 minutes and then let it soak while you move on to a new area. Then come back and do another short cycle.
- Adjust sprinklers to only spray on grass and plants, not pavement. Retrofit sprinklers if necessary. Watering the sidewalk, patio, driveway or street is a waste!
- Never leave hoses in buckets pools or sinks.
- Sweep up and bag your leaves. Dispose of at the GReeley Organic Waste (GROW) Center or compost.
- Don't water the lawn during hot or windy times of the day.
- Wash cars at the carwash, since studies have proven that it uses less water. Commercial carwashes are designed to handle the dirt, salts, oil and grease that wash off the vehicle.
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