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City of Colorado Springs / Environmental Sustainability / News

Parks irrigation program shows results, yet much left to do


man riding a ditch digger
Irrigation retrofits being installed Summer 2011

Over the last two years, a Colorado Springs Utilities irrigation efficiency program has helped City of Colorado Springs Parks conserve 6,510,922 CF of water annually saving the City $203,000. The Colorado Springs Utilities retrofit investment of nearly $490,000 dollars has an estimated payback period of less than 3 years resulting in a 5-year return on investment of 141%. If well maintained and used appropriately, these upgrades have the potential to provide economic and water savings value long into the future. Yet, these retrofits represent about 25% of the irrigated parks system, leaving more than 100 parks still in need of irrigation efficiency improvements. Even with continued support from Colorado Springs Utilities it may be years before all of the City’s parks are able to be addressed.