Learn to Conserve

Castle Rock Water provides opportunities to learn how to become more efficient with your water usage. Workshops are scheduled at various times from March through September with schedules usually posted in February. Programs, such as classroom presentations and water treatment plant tours, are available year-round.


Water Wiser Workshops: Smartscape Solutions

Did you realize you could be wasting between 20 and 75 percent of your sprinkler water? All sprinkler heads are not created equal and over watering is the primary cause of unhealthy plants. With approximately 50 percent of household water used for maintaining landscape, this workshop shows how easy it is to improve the efficiency of your sprinkler system, detect water waste and better understand your landscape watering needs.
Completion of this free workshop earns you a “Water Wiser” designation and exempts you from the every-third-day watering schedule. Workshops are held throughout the irrigation season at varying times and locations.

The workshop schedule is available in February. There is no charge to attend the workshops; however, registration is required.

Xeric Design Workshop

Xeric design is not the creation of harsh and stark landscapes, but the addition and placement of low-water-use plants. The “Principles of Xeriscape Design” focuses on Colorado xeriscape style and provides design ideas that are aesthetically beautiful and diverse while also great for the high, arid climate of Castle Rock. The workshop outlines the benefits of low-water-use plants, watering considerations and design layouts; as well as provides the top 10 trees and shrubs that thrive in Castle Rock. These workshops are usually held in May or June.

Winterization Workshop

Wonder why some yards just seem to perk right up in the Spring? It’s winter preparation. In addition to demonstrating the importance of reducing water use as temperatures decline, this workshop identifies areas of yard maintenance that are often overlooked - including seasonal fertilization, pruning, mulching and aeration.

Registration is required. One class is held in September.

Workshop schedule

This year's workshop schedule is shown below. All workshop locations are in Castle Rock and identified on each workshop's registration form. 
Workshop Date Time
Water Wiser Thursday, Aug. 10 6-9 p.m.
Winterization Tuesday, Sept. 12 6-8:30 p.m.


These workshops are presented by Water Conservation Specialist Rick Schultz, who has over 30 years experience in landscape and irrigation maintenance in both the public and private sectors; and Water Conservation Plan Reviewer Ruth Stadler, who in addition to her M.S. in Horticulture has more than 20 years of experience designing and building xeriscapes.