Drivers along Twenty Mile Road may have noticed quite a bit of construction activity at our South Water Reclamation Facility (SWRF) over the past year. Most of that activity was focused on needed infrastructure updates and the addition of a storage building for well pumps and parts. The activity also provided Parker Water & Sanitation District (PWSD) with the opportunity to revegetate the property with Colorado-native water-efficient landscaping.
The SWRF’s revegetation marks the first phase of an upcoming series of revegetation projects at various PWSD properties. The focus of the project is to maximize the potential of our land while simultaneously restoring native plant species. We also aim to set an example for our community by providing a beautiful, water-saving approach to landscaping.
The project began by seeding the land in May 2023. With the abundance of rainfall we have received, the results from the planting were expedited by approximately three to four years.
While originally planned for only native grasses, PWSD staff also decided to include a mix of various flower seeds to the grass seed mixes used for the SWRF. Beyond just the practical benefits of our refurbished land, we are also excited about the new look of our rejuvenated landscape! We look forward to continuing the project and seeing results across our properties.
PWSD customers who are interested in creating a look similar to what’s available at the SWRF can visit Pawnee Buttes Seed, Inc. The mixes we used were the PBSI Native Prairie Wildflower Mix and PBSI Native Prairie Mix.