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JUL . 26 . 2017 | The Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed Needs Your Help

The Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (CPRW) is in the process of developing a Lower Poudre River Flood Recovery and Resilience Master Plan to help better protect the lower Poudre River from future flood and erosion problems.

As a part of the planning process, CPRW is holding three public meetings – two on July 31 and one on August 9 – for community members to join the conversation, sharing local knowledge, concerns, values, and ideas for ways to create a more resilient river. Hope to see you there!

For more information and to RSVP.

JUN . 13 . 2017 |

At the American Water Works Association’s 13th annual “Best of the Best” Water Taste Test in Philadelphia, one city’s H2O stood tall. Entering the competition for the first time, Greeley’s entry was named the best-tasting water in all of North America. Not only that, we also won the People’s Choice award – the first city to claim both titles. Even the Denver Post noticed. Seriously, we should totally bottle this stuff…

MAY . 11 . 2017 |

The Greeley Water & Sewer Board invites citizens to this year’s facility tour to learn more about how water and sewer is treated, where the water comes from, and the ways water is used. Residents will tour the Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF) and Boyd Lake facilities and learn about system exchanges, points of diversion, and non-potable systems. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Greeley Water & Sewer Annual Summer Tour
Friday, June 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Those interested in attending should contact Ettie Arnold at 970-350-9812 before June 23. Space is limited. Get more information about Greeley’s Water System at greeleygov.com/water.

APR . 11 . 2017 |

Though most Coloradans recognize that water is a precious commodity in our state, we don’t often think about it until we get our bill – or if nothing happens when we turn on the tap. The City of Greeley recognized that, in order to get people to care about water, they first had to get them to think about it. So a team at Greeley Water and Sewer has launched a new educational campaign aimed at doing just that, believing that if people had a better grasp of where their water comes from, we might all be able to work toward the same goals.

Those goals are summed up in the city’s “Four Point Plan”: improving conservation, strengthening infrastructure, continuing acquisition, and expanding storage – all of which are designed to address northern Colorado’s rapidly growing population. That number is projected to nearly double by 2050.

Greeley's team has been working with helveticka, the Spokane, Wash.-based creative firm responsible for the successful “Greeley Unexpected” campaign. The first phase is designed to raise awareness around water as a necessary component of all life on earth. The campaign will consist of print advertising, television, social media, community engagement, and an interactive website (GreeleyH2O.com) that will serve as a resource for water education.

Greeley wants to get people to stop and think about what they’re using and why, understand what it takes to get it to them, and how everyone has a role in ensuring that future generations will continue to have access to life-giving water.

APR . 06 . 2017 |

Greeley’s Water Conservation program is once again offering its popular Landscape Lecture Series. The goal of the workshops is to promote sustainable landscape practices in the community. Each event is scheduled on a Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. The location for all events is the Greeley Recreation Center, 651 10th Avenue.

April 12: Weird, Wild Weather
Colorado State Climatologist Nolan Doesken will tell us about the relationship between precipitation, water supply, and our landscapes. He will give a climate update and outlook for the season. Nolan will also give us the background on the Community Collaborative Rain and Hail Snow Network (CoCoRaHs), how the program got started and how being an amateur volunteer weather watcher can help your community. Noah Newman will then hold a training to get you started as a volunteer. We will have official rain gauges for sale for $30. Bring cash or a check.

May 10: Healthy Tree Selection, Planting, and Care
Greeley's Forestry Manager, Shiloh Hatcher, will cover how to choose a tree, plant it, and take care of it. There will also be an update on the Emerald Ash Borer. Although not in Greeley, it is a pest that could impact thousands of Ash trees in the community. This topic is a repeat lecture from February 1, attendance was low that night due to the weather.

The classes are free, but RSVPs are required because space is limited. Please visit greeleygov.com/LandscapeLectures to reserve your seat and to get additional information.

APR . 04 . 2017 |

Greeley is joining mayors across the country in asking residents to make a long-term commitment to manage water resources more wisely by taking part in the annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation – and in return residents can win a new Toyota Prius, water saving fixtures, and hundreds of other prizes. The city is encouraging Greeley residents to conserve water, save energy, reduce pollution, and make a pledge to save water at mywaterpledge.com during the month of April.

Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge are entered into drawings for prizes. Greeley is in the 30,000 to 99,999 category, because the population categories are based on the 2010 Census. Greeley won in 2012 and placed in the top 10 every other year.

Last year, residents from over 4,100 cities in all 50 U.S. states pledged to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by 1.9 billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 42 million pounds, and prevent more than 87,000 pounds of hazardous waste from entering our watersheds.

The 6th National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is presented by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, with support from the U.S EPA WaterSense, The Toro Company, National League of Cities, Conserva Irrigation, and Earth Friendly Products (makers of ECOS).

MAR . 16 . 2017 |

Due to the unusually dry and warm weather the city of Greeley will allow some early spring watering. Normally watering doesn’t begin until April 15 but this year, watering will be allowed to start on March 20. For water customers on the water budget, an irrigation water requirement will be included into the calculation for the outdoor watering budget. This will provide enough to water to the lawn, water in pre-emergent and aerate without going over your water budget.

Watering Restrictions for the Season
Watering restrictions will be relaxed for the 2017 growing season for any single family residential customer who is on the water budget. You may now water any day of the week to allow you the flexibility to watch the weather. Watering restrictions were originally put in place to manage the demand of the city during peak water use.

Customers not on the water budget, including multi-family residential properties, commercial, industrial, institutional, and HOA common areas, should follow the established 3-day-per-week watering schedule, after April 15.

Sports and Athletic Fields
Athletic fields will also need to water early due to high traffic of early spring sports and wanting to avoid permanent damage to the turf. These parks and fields include:

  • Monfort Park
  • Twin Rivers Park
  • Youth Sports Complex
  • Butch Butler Field
  • Forbes Field
  • Island Grove Multi-Use Fields & Field 5
  • Balsam Sports Complex

Limitations on the Water System
The Boyd Lake Treatment plant will be brought online early to accommodate this early watering but it cannot go from zero to full capacity in one or two days. Also, one transmission line from Greeley’s Bellvue Treatment Plant is scheduled for maintenance and will be taken offline starting the last week of March. Please keep this in mind that spreading your watering over several days, will help with system capacity constraints.

It is important to note that watering early in the season is to avoid stress damage and not to bring the landscape and turf out of dormancy. If trees and shrubs come out of dormancy, they can be damaged by frost later on in the season. When watering, customers may want to use a hose-end sprinkler rather than turning on their sprinkler system. Also, remember to disconnect hoses to prevent freeze damage.

Please visit greeleygov.com/wc for more information in water conservation in Greeley.

MAR . 09 . 2017 |

In February, the Greeley Water and Sewer Department moved to a Water Budget rate structure in for inside-the-city, single-family residential customers. The water budget is the amount of water your household needs during any particular billing period, based on family size (defaulted at 3 persons per household), on the irrigable (potentially irrigated) square footage of the yard, and on real-time weather conditions.

Two upcoming events are designed to provide residents with additional resources and information on the water budget.

How to Stay Within Your Water Budget Workshop
Wednesday, March 15 at 6 p.m.
Greeley Recreation Center, 651 10th Avenue

This class will explain the outdoor portion of the water budget and the best landscape practices to help ensure that you stay within your water budget and pay the lowest rate in the spring and summer. Attending the lecture is free, but please RSVP online to ensure that we have enough seats and enough materials.

Visit greeleygov.com/LandscapeLectures for more information.

Greeley Water Budget Open House
Tuesday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Greeley Water & Sewer Department, 1100 10th Street, Suite 300

This is an in-office open house. Stop by and learn more about Greeley’s Water Budget rates. Presentations will be at 10 a.m. and noon. There will be opportunities to ask questions about your budget and to update your household information.

Please visit EfficiencyRewarded.com or call 970-336-4168 for more information about your water budget and to update your household information.

JAN . 30 . 2017 |

The Greeley Water and Sewer Department is moving to a Water Budget rate structure in February for inside-the-city, single-family residential customers. Your water budget is the amount of water your household needs during any particular billing period, based on family size (defaulted at 3 persons per household), on the irrigable (potentially irrigated) square footage of the yard, and on real-time weather conditions.

It is estimated that 80 percent of Greeley’s residential customers under the water budget will have a lower water bill this year than last year, because they will stay within the personalized water budget. Households that go over budget will pay more per thousand gallons for the amount that they go over.

2017 Water Budget Rates (per thousand gallons)

Tier One: Water Budget (≤ 100% of Water Budget)


Tier Two: Inefficient Use (101-130% of Water Budget)


Tier Three: Excessive Use (131-150% of Water Budget)


Tier Four: Unsustainable Use (> 150% of Water Budget)


For reference, the 2016 per thousand gallon rate was $4.10 per thousand gallons and the non-water budget rate in 2017 is $4.21. Commercial, industrial, and multi-family properties, such as apartment buildings will stay on uniform rates in 2017.

In 2010, planning began to implement a water budget pilot program by offering informational water budgets on bills for small groups of customers. Since 2013, all single-family residential customers have been receiving informational water budgets on their bills. 2017 marks the first year that rates will be attached to water budgets.

If you have not already updated your household size and it is larger or smaller than the default of 3 persons per household, please visit, EfficiencyRewarded.com or call 970-336-4168 to update your information.

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