Saving Water

© Werner R Slocum

© Werner R Slocum

Water is precious in Boulder’s high-desert climate, so we are conscious of every drop we use. For example, in the cottages we have an ongoing program to replace showerheads, faucets, and toilet fixtures with high-performance, low-flow versions. We do not launder bath towels and other linens daily, but we’re happy to exchange them upon request.

At the Colorado Chautauqua, you won’t see sprinklers running during a rainstorm. Weather monitors have been incorporated into our irrigation system to evaluate factors such as temperature, relative humidity, wind and precipitation, so we only water as much, and as often, as necessary. This practice has resulted in a reduction of outdoor water use by as much as 40 percent.

Water conservation is a key component of the comprehensive landscape design now being created for our beautiful grounds. Water use will be considered when selecting plant varieties, landscape designs and irrigation systems. The plan will also incorporate strategically placed shade trees for passive solar shading.