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Donala Water & Sanitation District


719-488-3603                                October 2012



To the Donala Water and Sanitation District Board of Directors, the residents, and property owners within the District and others who may be concerned:

Notice is hereby given that a meeting has been scheduled for October 18, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. of the Donala Water and Sanitation District Board of Directors.  The meeting will be held at the Donala District Office located at 15850 Holbein Drive, in the Gleneagle Subdivision, El Paso County, Colorado.

At this regularly scheduled meeting, the Board will discuss the proposed budget for 2013 (including the 2013 Availability of Service Fees). 

Notice is further given, that a meeting has been scheduled for December 6, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. to be held at 15850 Holbein Drive.  At the December meeting, the budgets and tax mill levies will be ratified and the 2013 Availability of Service rates set, but the October meeting is the time to offer your comments and observations.


As reported all summer, and no surprise to anyone, this was a long, dry summer.  Donala is on track to meet or exceed record levels of water production. 

Our customers used a lot of water in August.  Many households (85) used over 40,000 gallons, some as high as 74,000.  We thank all our customers who abided by the watering restrictions, and especially those who voluntarily cut back during September. 

We still had to issue 385 warning letters over the season, and one fine was levied.

There is still time before the snow and freezing temperatures hit the re-landscape your yard before next year’s water bills hit.  See our WWW. DONALAWATER.ORG website or call Susan McLean

(488-3603) for some xeriscape ideas.


Watch for our award signs to “pop up” this month.  Three customers will be awarded for their water-wise landscaping and the winners will be highlighted in the November Newsletter.



REMINDER – it is time to monitor the outside temperature and be ready to winterize your sprinkler system.  When temperatures hit 30˚ F at night this is a good indicator to drain the system and bring in any hoses from outside. 



Splashes of red and yellow in our aspen and maple leaves signify cool nights and the coming of autumn. Tis the season to wrap up activities in the garden and ready your plants for a long winter’s nap. Here’s a list of things to do to ensure a healthy dormancy and a bright awakening in the spring.

  • As days become cooler, your landscape needs less moisture. In an effort to “catch up”, many Donala customers water every day in the fall when watering restrictions are lifted, but landscapes don’t need that much water now, and it is wasted. Two days of watering per week in October is more than enough.


  • Trees, shrubs and perennials need a big drink in October, before freezing weather sets in. Apply water slowly, at the drip line of plants. Trees need at least 10 gallons per inch of diameter at the base of the tree, shrubs need at least five gallons each (10-15 gallons for larger shrubs) and perennials need a quart to a gallon per plant.


  • The most important time to fertilize your lawn is in the fall. Apply a winterizer (a slow release fertilizer) or even a regular lawn fertilizer at a rate of 1 lb of nitrogen per 1000 square feet of lawn area. Water the fertilizer in with ½ inch of irrigation to provide the greatest benefit. Fertilizing just before the first snowfall is ideal! 


  • Lawn mowing can continue until the grass goes dormant. Do not mow the lawn too short at this time – keep the length at 2.5 – 3 inches as longer grass blades can protect the soil from drying out. Alternate mowing patterns (horizontal, vertical and diagonal rows) to reduce soil compaction. After most of the leaves have fallen, mow with a mulching mower. A light layer of ground-up leaf litter will protect and fertilize the soil beneath.


  • When night time temperatures hover around the freezing mark, it’s time to disconnect hoses from the faucets, and drain and coil them for storage. Be sure to leave a very slow drip in faucets that have a tendency to freeze. Most importantly, it’s time to drain and shut down your irrigation system. A lot of repair costs can be saved by a little attention now. 


  • Wrap the trunks of young, thin-barked trees with a commercial crepe tree wrap to prevent winter sun-scald as well as to prevent deer from damaging the trunks of young trees. Remember to take this wrap off the tree trunk around Easter in the spring.


  • Don’t cut perennials back, but leave the spent blooms and seed heads up in the garden to feed the migratory birds and provide a setting for ice crystals and frost to form pleasing winter scenes. If your sense of order and aesthetics demands that you cut back perennials, leave at least 9-12 inches of stalk up to protect the crown of the plant during the winter.


  • After the first hard freeze, clean up the vegetable garden. If you have had problems with insects or disease this summer, you will want to clean up all killed plants and weeds as these materials provide places for insect eggs and disease to overwinter and blight next year’s garden. A thorough fall cleanup will prevent the carryover of many insects and vegetable diseases from one year to the next.