Water Conservation Projects and Programs

The City of Lafayette strives to conserve water and reduce overall water consumption as identified in its Master Plan. In order for these efforts to be successful several programs have been implemented.

Water Conservation Rate Structure

The City of Lafayette was the first municipality in Colorado to implement an increasing water rate block format where the more water you use, the higher the unit cost for that water. The end result of this type of water rate structure is that Lafayette has one of the lowest annual residential per capita water consumption values in Colorado at 104 gallons per person per day.

WaterWise Landscaping - City of Lafayette Code

New commercial developments must follow the City’s landscaping regulations, which emphasize WaterWise and Xeriscape principles. These regulations help businesses conserve water and reduce irrigation costs.

Closed Loop Wash Water System

The City of Lafayette’s closed loop wash water system for its golf course and maintenance was the first in Colorado to wash with greywater.

Weather Irrigation Systems

Since 1992, the City has used a state-of-the-art weather irrigation station and was one of the first communities to use the ET based irrigation stations. The ET water smart controller system integrates current weather data and horticultural science with web–based technology to automate and optimize landscape watering schedules within the City. By automatically adjusting schedules as the weather changes an ET water smart controller can save a site an estimated 30% to 50% in water.

Splash Pad Water Conservation

The splash pad located at Festival Plaza utilizes recirculated water. Spray grounds are water features where interaction with the water by the public is encouraged and not discouraged. These types of pools are constructed and designed so that there is no accumulation or ponding of water on the surface of the ground. Water is stored in an underground reservoir. A separate booster system is used to introduce treated water to the spray ground through various features (i.e., jet nozzles, tumble buckets, water canons, etc.). After the water hits the ground it drains back to the reservoir. A recirculation system draws water from the reservoir where it is filtered, disinfected and returned to the reservoir.

Slow the Flow – Irrigation Water Audits

The City of Lafayette offers and promotes free irrigation water audits for Lafayette water customers. During the summer seasons of 2004 through 2011 the City’s contractor, Center for Resource Conservation, performed 727 residential audits, 17 HOA common area audits and three commercial property audits in Lafayette. Each property owner receives a report that details the problem areas that need correction or attention and specific details on how to improve water irrigation efficiency.

Slow the Flow - Indoor Water Audit

The City of Lafayette offers free indoor water audits for Lafayette water customers. During an indoor water audit, advisors perform leak tests, install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators, and provide cost benefit analysis on switching to lower water use appliances and educate the homeowner on ways to be more water-efficient. In 2011, 193 indoor water audits were conducted.

Toilet Rebates

In the fall of 2012, the City of Lafayette's Public Works Department offered a rebate credit of $80 to the first 100 residential and commercial water customers who replace a pre-1994 toilet (3 gallons per flush or more) with an EPA WaterSense labeled toilet. By implementing this program and getting rid of 100 out-dated toilets, Lafayette could save about 2 million gallons of water in one year. That’s about the amount of three Olympic size swimming pools.

Keep It Clean Partnership

The City of Lafayette is a community partner of ‘Keep It Clean’. Keep It Clean Partners are a group of communities located along the Colorado Front Range dedicated to protecting water quality and reducing stormwater pollution.

With stormwater pollution being the number one source of water pollution in the country, the City works to meet national standards for regulating stormwater. The City of Lafayette recognizes that clean water is critical to both our health and the health of our ecosystems.