Most of our water is used outside on our landscaping. By choosing water-smart landscapers, pulling permits for new lawns, and choosing xeriscape over grass, you can make your landscape as water efficient as possible.
Classes and Resources
Learn ways to reduce your outdoor water use with in-person and online classes. Get a free xeriscape design!
Lawn and Irrigation Permits
We help ensure that your new landscaping is healthy and efficient. Residential and commercial customers are required to get a permit when a lawn is installed or expanded (sod or seed), and when an automated sprinkler or irrigation system is installed, renovated or expanded.
Irrigation Efficiency Audits and Rebates
To qualify for an irrigation rebate, an irrigation audit must be conducted by our staff prior to any repairs. Please contact Tim York at 303-326-8819 to get on the 2014 list. Information on the process of submitting and rebate application will be provided at the time of your irrigation audit. New irrigation systems DO NOT qualify for rebates.
Xeriscape - a sustainable, drought-tolerant landscape that uses low-water plants to maximize outdoor water efficiency.
Because of its reduced watering needs and drought tolerance, xeriscape is a great option for our climate. When compared to grass, which requires about 28" of supplemental water each season, xeriscape can get by with 15" or less and withstands periods of drought that would turn lawns brown. In addition to decreased water consumption and drought resilience, xeriscape requires less maintenance.
Top Recommended Plants
Take a look at some of the best performing plants in the city’s xeriscape demonstration garden.
Xeriscape Rebate Program
Looking to save water, time and money? Apply for a rebate and replace that thirsty turf with an efficient xeric landscape.
Xeriscape Examples in Aurora
See some examples of how other Aurora homeowners have reduced their water use by incorporating xeriscape into their landscapes.
Xeriscape Demonstration Garden
The Aurora Municipal Center Xeriscape Demonstration Garden is located at the northwest corner of Alameda Parkway and Chambers Road. At ten acres, it's the largest in the metropolitan area. Come to the garden to learn about xeriscape or just to enjoy a quiet part of the city. We're located next to Central Library and right off the Highline Canal Trail, so it's easy to run, bike, or walk through!
Low-water, high-performing plants ideal for the Central Rocky Mountain Region are designated Plant Select® plants. This program is a cooperation between Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University. Use their online database to search for plants or view all of the Plant Select selections in this interactive booklet.
Xeriscape Award - call for 2014 nominees!
The Xeriscape Award may be presented to an Aurora Water customer with a completed xeriscape project. Nominate your favorite example of xeriscape by completing this form.
Get some hands-on experience with xeric plants! Volunteers play a critical role in sustaining the AMC Xeriscape Demonstration Garden as a beautiful and educational attraction in Aurora. Volunteers enhance the visitor experience by maintaining the gardens, answering questions, and pointing out interesting features. The volunteer experience helps participants build relationships, learn about conserving our water resources, and develop personally and professionally. The volunteer season is April through October. Contact Diana Denwood at 720-859-4407 or email@example.com for complete details and to register.
Learn what’s needed to start a community garden.
Water Smart Landscape Contractor List
These contractors attended the “Water Smart Contractor Training” class that was put on by the city of Aurora. The goal of this class was to ensure contractors understand and follow the codes and policies of the city of Aurora when conducting work within the city. For questions or more information please contact the Office of Water Conservation at 303-739-7351.
Learn more about our processes and requirements.