Greeley's Water Conservation program is one of the largest and most successful in Colorado. Between 1990 and 2007, universal metering and other conservation programs dropped water demand by more than 20% in Greeley. The Conservation Plan estimates an additional 8% reduction in water use over the next 20 years.
The City of Greeley prides itself on its ability to acquire and develop an adequate water supply to meet the needs of growth and development. With new water supplies not as readily available as in the past and with new requirements of federal agencies that can impact current supplies, the City Water and Sewer Department view conservation as an important element of integrated resources planning. Through an integrated planning approach, the City has incorporated expanded conservation efforts with water supply planning demand management and public interaction.
Greeley offers the following water conservation programs:
- Greeley has a rebate program. Residential customers that participate in Greeley's indoor rebate program save between 11% and 22% of indoor water use.
- The indoor audit program helps find leaks and suggests ways that water customers can save.
- Irrigation audits are offered to Greeley Water and Sewer customers to help make sprinkler systems more efficient. Residential customers were found to be 13% more efficient and commercial customers became 16% more efficient after an irrigation audit.
- A commercial water conservation program helps businesses and organizations save water.
- Watering restrictions are in effect in Greeley to manage demands and water waste. Variances and permits are granted for new lawn establishment and other special circumstances.
- Information and tips to save water inside and outside of your home.
- Xeriscape resources are available to help residents create a beautiful, sustainable, and water efficient landscape. Several Xeric gardens in Greeley show how water wise landscapes can also be beautiful.
- An active education program that includes school programs, an annual water festival, community presentations, and workshops on conservation topics.
- WaterSense is a national program created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Greeley Water and Sewer is a promotional partner in this project.