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Colorado Water Provider Sites

Get specific information on water rates, conservation measures and incentives, landscape and watering information including local ordinances, restrictions and Xeriscape principles. These sites also provide information on available rebates and services. 

Denver Water
Aurora Water
City of Boulder Utilities Division
City of Brighton
City of Broomfield
Town of Castle Rock
Centennial Sanitation and Water
Colorado Springs Utilities
City of Durango
Town of Erie

Northern Water

Eagle River Water & Sanitation District

City of Fountain
City of Ft. Collins
City of Grand Junction
City of Greeley
City of Lakewood
City of Longmont
City of Loveland
City of Steamboat Springs
City of Thornton
City of Westminster

The Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District

Colorado River Water Conservation District - Chartered by the Colorado General Assembly in 1937 to be "the appropriate agency for the conservation, use and development of the water resources of the Colorado River and its principal tributaries in Colorado." Provides interactive maps, stream gauges and weather reports.

Government Agencies

The Colorado Water Conservation Board Water - The Office of Water Conservation and Drought Planning promotes water use efficiency while providing public information and technical and financial assistance for water conservation planning.

United States Bureau of Reclamation - The largest wholesaler of water in the country; delivering water to more than 31 million people and providing one out of five Western farmers (140,000) with irrigation water for 10 million acres of farmland that produce 60% of the nation's vegetables and 25% of its fruits and nuts.

more Organizations & programs

EPA WaterSense ™ – Efficiency Made Easy. WaterSense™ is a voluntary partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Its mission is to protect the future of our nation's water supply by promoting and enhancing the market for water-efficient products and services.

Project Wet - An award-winning, nonprofit water education program and publisher. The program facilitates and promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids and the establishment of internationally sponsored Project WET programs. Also houses Water; Use It Wisely, a monthly planner, 100 ways to save water.

Water Education Colorado - Water Education Colorado is Colorado's only statewide non-profit, non-advocacy organization providing water resource information and education.

The Water Information Program - A public information program sponsored by the water districts, organizations and agencies in the San Juan and Dolores watersheds of Southwestern Colorado.

Alliance for Water Efficiency - Dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water. The Alliance serves as a North American advocate for water efficient products and programs, and provides information and assistance on water conservation efforts.

Western Resource Advocates – The policy and science of water conservation in western water management.

American Water Resources Association  Promotes understanding of water resources and related issues by providing a multidisciplinary forum for education, professional development and information.

American Water Works Association – Provides knowledge, information and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond.

Irrigation Association – Promotes efficient irrigation through professional training and certification.

Colorado Water

The Future of Colorado's Water, a Seuss-like TaleCooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences – Jeff Lukas presents Colorado's water and future projects from the Colorado Water Assessment using a Dr. Seuss-like rhyme that brings cleverness and smiles despite the subject's gravity. First presented at the National Center Atmospheric Research's Ignite VII on April 16, 2015.

Best Management Practices

Water Conservation Best Management Practices Guidebook - available only to CWW members.

Green Industries of Colorado  GreenCO members are committed to water conservation and industry-wide best management practices as a way of doing business.

Metro Mayors Caucus  Best Management Practices were compiled by municipal staff, water providers, landscape and irrigation contractors, environmental consultants and others working through the Metro Mayors Caucus and Colorado WaterWise.

Indoor Water

The Water Efficiency Clearing House - Information provided by the American Water Works Association.

Advanced Water Filters - Whole House Water Filtration Systems

Gary Klein's Protocol for Evaluating the Layout of a Hot Water Distribution System

EPA WaterSense: Understanding the WaterSense Label 

Graywater Control in Colorado: HB 13-1044 & Regulation 86

LEED for Homes, ENERGY STAR and WaterSense

Denver Water Water Conservation Presentation

Outdoor Water

Green Industries of Colorado (GreenCO) - Informational Fact Sheets and "How-To" Educational Videos 

Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado - This website provides a search engine for locating landscapers. The site also provides useful information about ALCC members and the Colorado landscape industry.  They are the the experts who design and build beautiful outdoor spaces.

CSU Cooperative Extension - Your front door to the research, information and expertise of your land-grant university.

Growing Green Roofs - a presentation by Jennifer Bousselot, PhD, Colorado State University from the 2018 CWW Water Conservation Symposium

Cowgirls Don't Need Grass - a presentation on a water-smart garden renovation in Cheyenne by Dena Egenhoff from the 2018 CWW Water Conservation Symposium

The Use of Native Vegetation in XeriscapingUniversity of Colorado at Denver and Health Science Center – A slide presentation advocating use of native plant species to create habitat for native wildlife while reducing the risk of invasion. The presentation was originally prepared and presented by Greg Cronin on March 8, 2007.

Lawn Watering Workgroup – In 2002 and 2003, a group of Front Range water providers and landscape professionals formed this workgroup to develop a more unified approach to lawn watering guidelines and other water demand management approaches. The documents that summarize their work are below.

FINAL Recommendations for Lawn Watering during Drought_2003.pdf

FINAL Watering Times by zone_2003.pdf

2 Day Watering Schedule_2003.pdf

Drought Car Wash guidelines_2003.pdf


Mastering Advanced Metering Infrastructure - a panel presentation from the 2018 CWW Water Conservation Symposium

Using Data to Drive Customer Communication and Engagement - a presentation by Dropcountr from the 2018 CWW Water Conservation Symposium

Drought Management

Colorado Water Conservation Board drought management resources:

February 2013 - Request for Water Provider Info for CWCB Drought Website

CWCB Drought Resources

CWCB Drought Planning

Colorado Climate Center Drought Resources

American Water Works Association Drought Resource Community

Alliance for Water Efficiency Drought Response

Green Industries of Colorado (GreenCO) Best Management Practices

Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional (CII)

Water Use in the Professional Car Wash Industry - a presentation from the 2018 CWW Water Conservation Symposium

Sustainable Water Management for Colorado Ski Resorts - a presentation by Judy Dorsey and Amy Volckens at the 2018 CWW Water Conservation Symposium

Water Conservation in Agriculture

Colorado State University Extension Fact Sheets

Beyond Colorado

The California Urban Water Conservation Council  The Council's goal is to integrate urban water conservation Best Management Practices into the planning and management of California's water resources.

The Water Conservation Garden  Promoting water conservation in the Southern California landscape through excellent exhibits and programs.

Southern Nevada Water Authority Conservation – Provides water savings tips and information on efficient landscaping including resources to design your own landscape.

New Mexico Water Conservation Program  Provides information about education and public information; technical assistance, research and demonstration; and policy development.

Utah Water Conservation – Provides tips, native plant list, watering guide and more.

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