Castle Rock Water Update
Water is a cup of coffee, a bright orange flower and a relaxing shower. Water is the safety from fire and the cleanliness of waste disposal. It runs our economy with manufacturing and food production. It provides recreation and beauty to enrich our lives. Water should not be wasted.

To appreciate this most valuable resource, Castle Rock Water is now providing monthly news and tips on how best to protect and conserve our water.
Palette of paint and paint products

Round up those nasty chemicals

Help protect our water supply, air and landfills! Participate in Douglas County Household Chemical Roundup Saturday, Sept. 30.

Dispose of unwanted chemicals between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Castle Rock Water, 175 Kellogg Court. Castle Rock residents can simply drive up and volunteers will unload the materials. Please bring proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill. Also, a contribution of $25 per vehicle is requested to offset the high cost of hazardous waste disposal.
 
View a complete list of acceptable items to drop off. The Tri-County Health Department also lists other disposal sites and event dates.

Adding mulch to landscape bed

Prepare to winterize

Labor day was the unofficial end of Summer. That means Fall is here and working in the yard is coming to an end. But, before you put away the tools, make sure your lawn is ready for the change of season.

Add 4 inches of mulch to perennials and shrubs to keep roots insulated. Aerate your lawn and provide a slow-release fertilizer or organic compost. And, don't forget to blow out the sprinkler system to prevent frozen pipes before the first hard frost.

Another tip - except for dead or diseased limbs, save pruning (for most plants) until the spring. Keeping your plants healthy makes your landscape more water efficient!

Pipe insulation on water pipe

Baby, it’s cold INSIDE

The gorgeous, but harsh winters in Colorado can be bad news for your water pipes. One way to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially creating leaks, is by insulating cold water pipes in unprotected spaces like crawl spaces and unfinished basements. It is also a good idea to insulate your hot water pipes to reduce heat loss. Plus, you won’t have to wait as long for hot water when you turn on your faucet or shower.
 
Installing your own water pipe insulation can be as simple as purchasing sleeves, cutting them to length and securing them with tape. This project can be completed in just a few hours. Check your local home improvement store for the right product for the right pipe. And, visit energy.gov for a great DIY video.

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