Castle Pines North Metro District launches landscaping contest worth $3,600 to customers

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The Castle Pines North Metropolitan District is putting its money where its spout is when it comes to water conservation.

The district announced its first xeriscape/WaterWise landscape contest, with $3,600 in water bill credits available to participating customers.

The contest is an effort to promote and reward water conservation; reduce outdoor irrigation and monthly water bills; and encourage xeriscaped and WaterWise landscapes among its customers, according to the district’s contest rules.

The contest is open to district customers, who must first select among three competition categories for entry.

The categories are for resident/homeowner amateur landscape; resident/homeowner professional landscape; and homeowner association common areas landscape.

The minimum landscaping for residential customers must include 400 square feet dedicated to xeriscape or WaterWise landscaping. HOA contestants must dedicate at least 25 percent of the irrigated common areas or a minimum of 5,000 square feet to xeriscape or WaterWise landscaping.

WaterWise landscaping includes drought-tolerant ground cover, shrubs, shade trees, ornamental grasses, cacti and succulents.

The district also offers, as part of its 2013 rebate program, a 40-cent-per-square-foot rebate per customer for removing Kentucky bluegrass.

Contest participants in July must provide an entry form with photos. Judging takes place in August and the winners will be announced in September, according to the contest rules.

Judging will be performed by the district’s caucus of master gardeners.

To enter or for more information call 303-688-8550 or visit www.cpnmd.org and follow the link on the left banner under Latest News to the Xeriscape/WaterWise Landscape Design Contest.

Castle Pines North Metropolitan District landscape contest

HOA common areas

First place: $1,000 credit on HOA water bill.

Second place: $500 credit on HOA water bill.

Three honorable mentions: $100 credit on HOA water bill.

Resident/homeowner amateur landscape

First place: $500 credit on water bill.

Second place: $250 credit on water bill.

Three honorable mentions: $50 credit on water bill.

Resident/homeowner professional landscape

First place: $500 credit on water bill.

Second place: $250 credit on water bill.

Three honorable mentions: $50 credit on water bill.

Source: Castle Pines North Metropolitan District.