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 80 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 Public Works Department offers and promotes no cost irrigation water audits for Lafayette water customers. During the summer seasons of 2004 through 2016 our partner Resource Central, performed 1095 residential audits, 23 HOA common area audits and four 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 Public Works Department offers no cost 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. 277 households have participated in the indoor water audits.
Toilet Upgrade Program
The toilet upgrade program offers residential water customers a chance to upgrade a 1.6gpf or above household toilet with a Stealth Niagara 0.8gpf toilet. Residents have two choices: Resource Central can install the new toilet for a fee or residents may choose self installation for a lower cost. Old toilets must be recycled with Resource Central in order to qualify for the new toilet. For more information or to sign up for this program, please call 303-999-3824.
Turf Replacement Program
The City of Lafayette Public Works Department offers a turf replacement program in order to offer more water saving options to residents. Water usage goes up an average of 30% for residents during the summer months watering turf in their yards. The program offers two options to replace turf, either hardscape or softscape (xeric plants). For more information please call 303-999-3820 x222.
Water Conservation Ordinance
Lafayette City Council enacted a permanent water conservation ordinance in 2013, putting in place watering restrictions to protect the City's water resources. City Council determined these practices to be beneficial conservation practices for Lafayette regardless of drought conditions.
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.