Water Update Open House

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Though the Feb. 7 Open House is over, these new and updated plans are still available for review and comment. Give us a call or fill out the feedback form online.

Water Use Management Plan 

Find the draft Water Use Management Plan 2018 update  


The Town of Castle Rock is committed to the wise development and use of water resources. The water use management program is designed as a demand management tool to allow adequate volumes and pressures to the water distribution system during landscape irritating season. 

The policy includes:
  • Identification of regular days and hours for landscape irrigation during designated peak demand months, i.e. irrigation schedule development. 
  • The need for alternative schedules due to various hardships and/or irrigation system limitations, and applicable criteria. 
  • Special watering circumstances, including hand watering. 
  • Enforcement of water use management strategies by issuance of warnings, surcharges and ultimately the potential for discontinuance of water service. 
  • Appeals and variance issues. 
  • Further demand management tools.
Water Use Management Plan update 2018

The Landscape and Irrigation Performance Standards and Criteria Manual

Find the updated draft  here.

This plan establishes landscape standards and criteria that will reflect Town identity, as expressed through the Town’s Vision Plan. The criteria sets landscape standards for new and qualifying renovated landscape and irrigation design, installation, and maintenance for residential and commercial development.
Its intent is to: 

  • Promote water conservation
    • Demonstrate and recognize the need to invest future water and other resources as efficiently as possible
    • Assist in reducing the overall per capita use of water within the Town
    • Reduce peak summer water usage
    • Reduce or eliminate outdoor water waste
    • Assist with water budget rate structure compliance
    • Promote the conservation of water supplies through the use of landscape design and materials that can have a beneficial effect upon water conservation
  • Encourage appropriate use of materials
    • Promote the values and benefits of "natural and indigenous" landscapes for new landscape projects within the Town of Castle Rock
    • Provide for the protection and implementation of native vegetation
    • Promote the conservation of energy resources through the use of landscape design and material that can have a beneficial effect upon energy conservation
  • Increase public safety
    • Increase street safety by reducing or eliminating the potential of water and ice on all paved surfaces resulting from irrigation-related water waste
    • Reduce damage to publicly owned streets caused by water waste
    • Increase awareness of defensible space for fire mitigation
  • Facilitate successful projects
    • Establish a procedure for designing, installing, and maintaining water efficient landscapes in new projects
    • Establish a regulatory framework for the administration of landscape and irrigation design, plan review, installation, inspection and maintenance
LandscapeCriteria update 2018

Drought Mitigation Plan

View a draft of the Drought Management/Mitigation Plan 

The purpose of this plan is to define the actions needed to ensure an uninterrupted supply of water when a drought-induced water supply shortage exists. 

  • The Town of Castle Rock is relying more on renewable water sources that are more directly affected by drought conditions
  • Colorado is susceptible to drought conditions due to our semi-arid environment with variable climate
  • The plan identifies specific values of a drought that will trigger management response
Droughts are a natural phenomenon of Colorado’s climate, and tend to occur every 17 years on average. A drought is a period of below normal precipitation or extended warm temperatures at times and locations that could result in water supply shortages. The Town of Castle Rock is transitioning to renewable water sources, which are more reliable long-term, but are more directly affected by drought.

Drought Mitigation Plan purpose

The Source Water Protection Plan (SWPP) 

Find the plan in its entirety here.

This plan helps the Town ensure clean and high-quality drinking water sources for current and future generations. 

The Source Water Protection Plan is designed to:
  • Create an awareness of the community’s drinking water sources and the potential risks to surface water and/or groundwater quality within the watershed.
  • Encourage education and voluntary solutions to alleviate pollution risks.
  • Promote management practices to protect and enhance the drinking water supply.
  • Provide for a comprehensive action plan in case of an emergency that threatens or disrupts the community water supply.
Developing and implementing source water protection measures at the local level (i.e. county and municipal) will complement existing regulatory protection measures implemented at the state and federal governmental levels by filling protection gaps that can only be addressed at the local level.
  • Plan was developed with stakeholder input including Town staff, local government agencies, emergency responders, local business leaders, State regulators and National Forest Service.
  • Risks for potential contamination range from very low to moderate (see attached table).
Example best management practices:
  • Share copies of the SWPP and maps of the source water protection area with appropriate stakeholders, including local decision makers and emergency responders
  • Develop public education campaigns for community members and other stakeholders such as agriculture and industrial producers to explain the importance of source water protection
  • Continue to implement and support current programs that complement source water protection efforts such as the MS4 program, the Household Chemical Roundup program, and the annual Spring up the Creek event.