A good landscape and garden begins with a good design. To learn how Xeriscaping can enhance your home and save you money on your water bill, read The 7 Principles of Xeriscape. You will also find information on water saving Bluegrass alternatives in this document.
Although the Front Range presents a special set of challenges for growing trees, the desire to have a large shade tree in your yard can be a reality. Learn more about caring for your trees in Castle Pines North.
Want to know the proper way to plant trees and shrubs? Our Tree and Shrub Planting Guidelines can get your plants off to the right start.
Click the graphic below for CPNMD's full color guide to Xeriscape Plants:
The Castle Pines North Metropolitan District (CPNMD) is dedicated to providing safe, reliable water to all residents and businesses throughout the community.
Over the past 10 years, CPNMD has acquired renewable water rights, negotiated partnerships for storage and analyzed options for financing the infrastructure needed to deliver renewable water to the community. For information on these efforts, click here.
Water is delivered to the CPNMD water treatment plant which produces an average of two million gallons of water per day, except in peak summer months when four million gallons of water per day is more common. Treated water is then stored in the District's two storage tanks, and supplied to customers on demand.
Water in CPNMD originates from three Denver Basin underground aquifers, which include the Arapahoe, Denver and the Lower Dawson. These sources are the result of water rights that date back to the formation of the District. In 2010, Hock Hocking (Park County, Colorado) and Upper Platte River rights were purchased to increase the community’s water assets to include surface water. The District has 11 water wells located in the community that are used year-round.
The District is also working with other water providers throughout the South Metro area to develop renewable water resources (large pdf) through the Chatfield Reallocation, which would store additional water for domestic use behind Chatfield Dam.
All CPNMD water customers have individualized water budgets based primarily on lot size. Additionally, all utility customers pay a customer service charge to offset metering and billing expenses, as well as a capital improvement fee designed to help pay for future renewable water supplies. CPNMD customers are currently charged for sewer based on their average winter water consumption, and a flat fee for stormwater services.
To help our community conserve water, we budget projected water usage for all customers. The water budget in CPNMD is designed to promote conservation and increase awareness of the amount of water a home needs for irrigation. The average home in the District uses more than four times more water in summer months than in winter, primarily for landscape irrigation.
The water budget is designed to allocate the amount of water for irrigation needed based on the time of year and the lot size. During the seven-month irrigation season (April through October), all CPNMD residents are allowed 27 inches of applied irrigation for their lawns.
To calculate the water budget for an individual lot, contact Janet Burnham for information.
The Castle Pines North Metropolitan District continues to maintain a perfect water quality record. Numerous samples are taken throughout the year to ensure the District meets all EPA requirements for providing safe drinking water. By law, customers receive an annual report which thoroughly describes the chemical composition of our water, including minerals, trace elements and total dissolved solids.