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Case studies

City of Evans

The City of Evans is located in Colorado’s Northern Front Range and receives its drinking water from the South Platte River Basin. The City faces dual challenges of growing population and drought. Evans is home to more than 21,000 people and has seen a population growth rate of about 2% every year since 2010, which has put a strain on the City’s water supply and threatens to limit economic development opportunities. WaterNow Alliance and Western Resource Advocates supported the City’s design of the program that will provide income qualifying homeowners with indoor water efficiency audits and direct installation of water efficient fixtures including toilets, faucet aerators, and showerheads, along with energy efficient lightbulbs, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Project at a Glance

Utility Overview

  • Project Partner(s):
    • City of Evans
    • Colorado Low-income Energy Assistance Program
    • Larimer County Conservation Corps
    • WaterNow Alliance
    • Weld County Community Development Block Grant Program
  • Location:
    • Evans, Colorado
  • Population served:
    • 21,615
  • Service area:
    • 53 square miles

Challenges

  • Equity and affordability
  • Aging and damaged infrastructure
  • Drought

Project Strategies

  • Ensure Evans’ low-income community members, including those non-English speaking customers, participate in the City’s water use efficiency and conservation programs by: (1) partnering with local schools, homeowners associations, the local immigration center, and other community groups to perform outreach and build trust between the City and the community it serves; (2) providing information in residents’ primary language; (3) training City staff and home visit technicians to engage with residents in ways that bridge cultural divides.

Benefits of Evan's Programs

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Uses a whole home approach
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Will allow the City to more efficiently use existing water supplies to meet the needs of the City as the population grows
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Connects with the immigrant and non-English speaking community
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Anticipated to save more than 70,000 gallons of water per year
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