Free Sprinkler & Water Use Inspection Program In Colorado

by John

Slow the flow Colorado is  a free program offered by the Center For Resource Conservation to residents of cities in Colorado that are customers of participating water providers. This program is basically a sprinkler inspection program that is offered to customers for free! This inspection is really an irrigation audit that is performed by water auditors of the CRC. The auditors have been trained to look at every aspect of sprinkler irrigation and how it can affect a lawn. They will find problems (if any) with your existing sprinkler system and suggest a good watering schedule for your lawn and garden.

What Do The Water Auditors Inspect?

Here are a few things the water auditors will look at:

  • They will take a soil sample of your turf to determine how deep your grass roots go. The soil sample will also help them evaluate the soil type and the soil conditions in your turf. This will give you an idea of how good/bad your soil is and how you can improve it to have healthy grass.
  • An auditor will conduct a visual inspection of your sprinkler system, this will also include any drip irrigation systems you may have. They will inspect for broken sprinklers and other problems that can be identified by just looking at them.
  • Water cups (measuring cans) and other equipment will be used and placed all over the lawn to measure the amount of water that every part of the lawn is receiving. This test will tell you how evenly your sprinkler system is watering the lawn.
  • Auditor will find the precipitation rate of your sprinkler system using the precipitation rate formula or other methods.

Here is a video from CRC showing what is done during the audit.


How Will The Sprinkler Inspection Help You?

At the end of the audit, you will be presented with a report that identifies problem areas in your sprinkler system and lawn. The auditor will come up with a watering schedule that takes into account your soil and lawn conditions. This watering schedule will also help you save water (and money on your water bill) while helping you make your lawn greener and healthier. Check out these common irrigation problems that are typically identified during an inspection and see how you can have them fixed.

Free Indoor Water Usage Inspection & Audit From CRC

 The CRC also provides a similar free indoor water audit which will identify issues with showers, faucets, toilets, clothes washer, dish washer etc. and help you conserve water and bring down your utility bill. They may also provide you with free water efficient shower heads and aerators. These audits last for about an hour and are definitely worth it.

How To Sign Up For the Free Indoor & Outdoor Water Audits?

 Currently customers of the following cities and utilities can signup for free:

  1. Aurora water
  2. Boulder
  3. Erie
  4. Castle Pines
  5. Castle Rock
  6. Centennial
  7. Golden
  8. Lafayette
  9. Left hand water district
  10. Longmont
  11. Louisville
  12. Northglenn
  13. Parker
  14. South adams county water district
  15. Superior
  16. Westminster
  17. Thornton
  18. Loveland

 You can either signup on their website or call 303-999-3820 x 217 and setup an appointment. This program is only offered during the summer and can be very difficult to get on the list. So act soon and signup immediately.

Conserve And Save

Water utility bills have been on a steady rise for the last few years. A lot of water is wasted irrigating our lawns by using inefficient irrigation systems and wrong practices. Do your part in saving water and take full advantage of free programs like these. Your lawn, home and wallet will thank you!

Thumbnail photo credit : Shaylor via Flickr

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Susanna May 5, 2013 at 6:20 pm

I am surprised to see that Colorado Springs isn’t on the list. They are imposing water restrictions due to the fires of last summer yet are not offering this program to the residents here? Just seems like a no-brainer that they should offer it. They’ve spent the money to create commercials about the restrictions and water conservation, it would be nice if they put that money into helping people learn how.

John May 6, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Sorry to see that Colorado Springs is not part of this program. I am not sure what the cities need to do to participate in this program. Have you tried calling your water utility to see what kind of similar services they provide?

I will be posting my inspection report on this blog very soon. This is from the one i had performed last year but never got to putting it up online. I live in Longmont and i think the watering strategy that the inspector recommended should be applicable in CO springs as well. Hopefully that should help you. I’ve seen some good results after following his recommended watering program.

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