Conservation: The City of Pueblo cuts demand without compromising landscapes

Japanese Beetle via Iowa State University (L. Jesse)
Japanese Beetle via Iowa State University (L. Jesse)

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Peter Roper):

The city of Pueblo has sharply reduced its water use in the past year with little if any harm to city parks. Brad Bixler, interim city parks and contract manager, said the yearlong experiment in cutting back irrigation dropped water usage by 33 percent — a savings of 207 million gallons of water. Bixler noted that crews let the grass grow longer in city parks last summer to help minimize evaporation.

“We had very few complaints about the turf conditions and many compliments,” he said in a statement this week.

An unexpected benefit — the drier conditions also cut into the plague of Japanese beetles in city parks. Bixler said traps set in 2012 routinely caught 1,000 or more beetles a day. Last summer, the traps often held fewer than 100 beetles a day.

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