Fort Collins conservation plan

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From the Fort Collins Coloradoan (Kevin Duggan): “Plans to ramp up water conservation efforts in Fort Collins include a couple of tried-and-true methods – education and financial incentives. Putting those plans to work would likely mean higher rates for water customers even as average per capita demand for water decreases, officials say. Using less water has broad impacts, including prolonging the longevity of facilities that deliver water, said Patty Bigner, spokeswoman for Fort Collins Utilities.”


The City Council today is scheduled to review a proposed water conservation plan aimed at reducing the average daily use of water by about 10 percent…

The proposed plan includes offering rebates to homeowners for installing high-efficiency toilets and updating irrigation-system technology. It also calls for more public education, such as clinics on xeriscaping. Commercial and institutional customers also would be offered incentives for installing water-efficient appliances as well as toilets and urinals. Restaurants might be offered new spray
valves that reduce the amount of water used during rinsing of dishes before they go into a washing machine from three to 10 gallons per minute to 1.6 gallons per minute…

Current water conservation programs cost about $244,500 a year. If the conservation plan is adopted and its recommendations make it through the city’s budget process, that cost could jump to $885,625 by 2012. The increased funding is likely to come through higher rates, said Dennis Bode, water resources manager for the utilities department. How rates would change depends on several factors, he said. Water consumption has dropped since the drought year of 2002 in part because of tiered water rates, which charge incrementally more for greater use, and public awareness of the importance of conservation, Bode said.

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