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Water Conservation Best Practices Guidebook

Update to the 2010 Best Practices Guidebook:

Beginning in fall 2022, Colorado WaterWise is working on an update the 2010 Guidebook and Technical Guide. This will bring the guidebook up to date with the latest best practices and new technologies that have developed or evolved over the last 10 years. This project will involve various stakeholders throughout the process and is planned to be complete in late 2023.

This 2022 Guidebook update is made possible through two grants through the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado River District (Community Funding Partnership).

From March - April 2023, four stakeholder meeting were held.  They provided an overview of the effort and sought feedback on:

  • Guidebook organization.
  • Input on Best Practices and content.
  • Supporting resource.
  • Case Study identification and examples.
A fifth meeting was held in July 2023, where the project team provided additional details about landscape and outdoor best practices and participants were asked to weigh in on what should (and shouldn't) be included in the updated Best Practices guidebook.

Mark Your Calendar for the Final Best Practice Stakeholder Meeting

The final stakeholder meeting for the Best Practice Guidebook Update is scheduled for November 2, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The meeting will take place on Zoom, allowing for convenient participation. Stay tuned for further information and additional details coming your way soon!

Summary of the 2010 Best Practices Guidebook:

In keeping with its strategic goal of "participating in the development of urban water conservation policies and integrated resources planning tool," Colorado WaterWise is pleased to provide this Guidebook of Best Practices for Municipal Water Conservation in Colorado to members. 

The Guidebook is a planning tool prepared for the purpose of improving and enhancing water efficiency in Colorado.  It offers detailed descriptions of specific water conservation measures, program elements, regulations, policies, and procedures that can be implemented by Colorado water providers to help ensure reliable and sustainable water supplies for future generations.

Colorado WaterWise envisions the Guidebook will being used by stakeholders to help select the most sensible and cost effective water conservation programs and measures to implement.  There are two Guidebook resources: the Technical Guide and a Summary Guide.  Both can be downloaded for free by members here.

The Guidebook was made possible through a grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

Members can also access Case Studies for each Best Practice.

The Full Technical Guide

A fully-inclusive Guide to Colorado conservation best practices

Published 2010

The Summary Guide

Includes highlights of the 14 best practices

Published 2010

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