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23 segments of Boulder County’s heavily used St. Vrain Creek Watershed are at or close to failing water quality stream standards. This underscores the importance of improving water efficiency and protecting our creeks and rivers from stormwater pollution. Our Boulder County water conservation service will work behind the scenes to save you money on water, wastewater and energy bills.

Our business sustainability advisors assist you to:

  1. Assess and identify water conservation and efficiency opportunities
  2. Conduct a free water assessment at your business
  3. Identify quick upgrades, such as installing low-flow fixtures or watering at night
  4. Engage employees in efforts to reduce water use
  5. Reduce stormwater pollution and comply with local regulations
  6. Connect with tools and incentives
  7. Gain recognition for your efforts
  8. Discover simple water conservation actions your Boulder County business can take now

Available Rebates and Incentives

PACE incentives are available on a first come, first serve basis. Businesses are required to contact an advisor to confirm funding availability, ensure that your project meets the eligibility requirements.

Conventional aerators have a flow rate of 2.2 gallons per minute (gpm). Upgrading to a high efficiency 0.5 gpm aerator is both easy and inexpensive. The high efficiency aerators spread water out into multiple streams like a showerhead. PACE offers free high efficiency hand washing sink aerators and your advisor will install them for you.

Conventional kitchen sink aerators have a flow rate of 2.2 gallons per minute (gpm) and could be upgraded to a 1.5 gpm model, which is both easy and inexpensive. At 1.5 gpm, you can reduce your water use without sacrificing water pressure. PACE offers free high efficiency kitchen sink aerators and your advisor will install them for you.

PACE offers free high efficiency pre-rinse spray valves for commercial dish washing applications. An advisor will come to  you, measure the flow rate of your existing equipment and install the new pre-rinse spray valves on the spot. According to the EPA, businesses can save more than $115 annually on energy and water costs by switching to a WaterSense labeled pre-rinse spray valve, which have been spray force and life cycle tested to ensure equivalent performance in a commercial kitchen. Contact your advisor to learn more.

Slow the Flow offers a quick and impactful way to evaluate the irrigation practices of your commercial property or HOA and makes simple suggestions for changes that will reduce waste and eliminate runoff. Slow the Flow’s trained technicians perform a detailed analysis of your existing sprinkler system and will provide a comprehensive report detailing findings and recommendations to improve efficiency.

The service will provide suggestions that will deliver measurable improvements in water use reduction, saving your business money, and supporting community conservation goals. This no-cost service is available through partnerships with more than two dozen water utilities across Colorado’s Front Range.

Check your eligibility to find out if you qualify for a Slow the Flow Outdoor Inspection. For any further questions, please call 303.999.3824.

PACE offers rebates for water and energy efficient appliances. Additional eligibility criteria may apply. Contact your advisor for more detailed requirements.

Food Service Equipment PACE Rebate Rebate Units
Energy Star High efficiency ice machine $100 $/unit
Energy Star Dishwasher, Under Counter $500 $/unit
Energy Star Dishwasher, Door Type $1,000 $/unit
Energy Star Dishwasher, Single Tank Conveyor $1,500 $/unit
Energy Star Dishwasher, Multi Tank Conveyor $2,000 $/unit

See the energy efficiency page for additional rebates on other kitchen and grocery appliances.

Find out what other support organizations are here to serve you with water conservation services in Boulder County and beyond.

Simple Actions

There are many simple ways you can use energy efficiently, conserve water, reduce waste, and encourage wise transportation choices at your business. What’s more, doing so will inspire your employees and boost your bottom line by reducing operating costs while improving competitiveness and environmental performance. Below are several no-cost and low-cost actions you can take right now to generate value for your business.

Need help? For one-on-one assistance with these simple actions and more, contact a business sustainability advisor who can support your efforts and connect you with incentives, rebates, and financing.

Join PACE or contact a business sustainability advisor at 303-786-7223 or info@PACEpartners.com.

  • Schedule a free PACE energy assessment.
  • Turn off lights when you leave the room or building.
  • Upgrade to ENERGY STAR rated light bulbs, appliances and equipment.
  • Perform routine (i.e. quarterly) maintenance on HVAC equipment.
  • Upgrade to programmable thermostats.
  • Turn off computers every night and unplug equipment that is used infrequently.
  • Schedule a free PACE waste assessment.
  • Optimize bin placement and ensure recycle, compost and landfill signs are clear and visible.
  • Train staff on waste diversion efforts and conduct routine checkups.
  • Verify that cleaning staff properly dispose of recyclables and waste materials.
  • Collect and deliver used electronics, appliances, scrap metal, block foam, textiles, large durable plastics and other applicable materials to the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM)
  • Collect and deliver paints, solvents, batteries, cleaners and other chemicals to Boulder County Hazardous Materials Management Facility
  • Switch purchasing to bulk, nonhazardous, recyclable and recycled-content options.
  • Schedule a free PACE water assessment.
  • Upgrade toilets, urinals and showerheads to WaterSense models.
  • Upgrade to high efficiency aerators in kitchen and restroom faucets.
  • Upgrade dishwashers and ice machines to ENERGY STAR models.
  • Conduct regular visual inspections of fixtures and look and listen for leaks.
  • Reduce water used for irrigation – visit Resource Central and sign up for a free assessment of your existing sprinkler system.
  • Schedule a free PACE transportation assessment.
  • Consider adding bike racks and EV charging stations for employees.
  • Set up a transit program by providing “pool” bikesB-Cycle memberships, or Eco-Passes for employees to travel to and from work and meetings.
  • Offer employees flexible work schedules, including compressed work weeks and telework options.
  • Participate as a company in summer and winter Bike-to-Work Day

Additional Resources

Below, you’ll find links to programs and services that can help support your work with Partners for a Clean Environment in energy, waste, water and transportation. Our PACE expert business sustainability advisors are available to assist you in navigating these resources.

Resource Sheets:

Local Zero Waste Facilities:

  • Call2Recycle – nonprofit organization that collects and recycles batteries at no cost for municipalities, businesses, and consumers
  • Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) – recycling and reuse collection facility for unusual items such as: electronics, hard-to-recycle plastics, block styrofoam, shredded paper, textiles, scrap metal, yoga mats, bicycles and parts
  • Hazardous Materials Management Facility (HMMF) – recycling and re-use collection and disposal facility for hazardous waste, such as fluorescent bulbs and tubes, cleaning products, maintenance products, motor oil and antifreeze, paint, small quantities of business hazardous wastes

Tools and Templates:


Water Resource Sheets:


  • Business Stormwater Program – Stormwater compliance assistance program for businesses.
  • Keep It Clean Partnership – A partnership of communities sharing, coordinating, and developing resources to reduce stormwater pollution within the Boulder Creek and St. Vrain Creek watersheds. Boulder County, Boulder, Erie, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, and Superior contract with PACE to provide business and municipal outreach to reduce the impacts of stormwater. A PACE Business Sustainability Advisor can visit and provide a free stormwater consultation, one-on-one pollution prevention education, and outreach materials.
  • Municipal Stormwater Program – Stormwater compliance assistance program for municipal operations.
  • 36 Commuting Solutions – A regional organization enhancing the mobility of commuters along the U.S. 36 corridor
  • B-Cycle – A non-profit bike-share program with member bikes in Boulder, Denver, and other U.S. cities
  • Best Workplaces for Commuters Program – A membership program that provides qualified employers with national recognition for offering outstanding commuter benefits
  • Boulder Transportation Connections – Helps create or improve upon transportation programs at your business, and provides a variety of resources for transportation and commute planning, alternative modes of transportation, and other transportation choices
  • Charge Ahead Colorado – Electrical Vehicle charging station grant program information and application
  • Community Cycles – A non-profit organization that offers a full bike shop with new and used parts and bicycles
  • eGO CarShare – A non-profit pay-as-you-drive car usage system in Boulder and Denver
  • GoBoulder – A program through the city of Boulder that provides bus, bike, walk information
  • The League of American Bicyclists – How to become a bike friendly business and program details
  • Way to Go – A program promoting alternative commuting options for employers and individuals in the Denver metro area

Resource Sheets:

Studio Z Dental in Louisville became certified in PACE’s Water Conservation Area of Excellence in 2014 and now uses 77 percent less water than an average dental office. A waterless suction system and auto shut-off foot pumps at each hand washing sink help Studio Z Dental save as much water as possible in a traditionally water-intensive industry. Beyond water, Studio Z purchased non-toxic carpeting made of recycled materials, adopted a purchasing policy that includes purchasing paper made of a post-consumer recycled material, and currently administers a compost and recycling program.