What the mega-drought means to Castle Rock
The west is having "Exceptional Drought" conditions, again. Eighty percent of Colorado’s water comes from the west side of the mountain so any community reliant on the Colorado River is going to significantly feel the pinch. Fortunately, Castle Rock / Douglas County is not in a drought right now, nor do we get our water from the Colorado River*. However, we are feeling the heat.
Castle Rock Water is prepared. We have diversified our water supplies and they include groundwater, East Plum Creek and best of all, reuse water. Reuse water is available despite drought. Though the Front Range is not officially in a drought, the hot weather has water customers irrigating significantly more. The increased demand for water does put a lot of pressure on immediate supplies. During these hot summers, it is best to water efficiently, not excessively. A good soaking every few days, will makes water go deeper into the root zone, reducing evaporation and giving the plant roots nourishment where they need it. If you have a Kentucky Bluegrass lawn, expect it to brown. It’s not lack of water, but the heat that is making it look so rough. (It should come back when it cools down.) It is also a good time to consider installing a low-water landscape, like a ColoradoScape, that highlights native-adapted plants that can survive the heat and drought while still bringing beauty and color to your yard.
*Actually, a tiny bit of our imported WISE water does come from here!