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  • Tuesday, February 23, 2016 2:26 PM | Frank Kinder

    Colorado WaterWise will continue its successful Lunch’ n Learns launched in 2015.  Our first  by Oracle is Thursday, March 10th from 12:30-2:00.  See Events page for details.

    Last year we conducted three successful Lunch’ n Learns open to membership and the general public.  These informative sessions were designed to introduce different aspects of urban conservation to industry professionals, commercial practitioners, and people just interested in conservation.  The first was from Pacific Northwest National Lab’s Kate-McMordie Stoughton on the Federal Energy Management Program, or FEMP, which includes BMPs for federal entities to implement to meet their Executive Order goals.  Many of these practices coincide with municipal conservation plans, programs and incentives, and have been implemented in many parts of Colorado.  Next we heard about CWW’s Smart Phone App for Colorado Outdoor Water Ordinances.  If you’d like to become a user of this tool, email us.  Finally, we heard from Rick Schultz from Town of Castle Rock on their innovative Municipal Landscape Program.   Each of these sessions was well-attended and provided valuable discussion on how we’re achieving conservation in different ways.  We look to partner with other water organizations to share these in-person learning opportunities; let us know if you’d like to help spread the word. 

    Look for more sessions this year discussing different technologies that are progressing water conservation.  

  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016 4:01 PM | Laura Wing (Administrator)

    Get an early start by ordering your giveaways for spring and summer events now! T-shirts, water bottles, Frisbees, and other ColoradoWater - Live Like You Love It  branded items were a big hit last year. Check out the discount bulk pricing offered by our Colorado-based partner, Zamar Screen Printing, on the order form below. You can add your organization's logo to most items!

    Please e-mail order forms to Zamar no later than February19, 2016.

    Download the ORDER FORM. Questions about products and delivery?
    info@zamarinc.comor 303-536-4086

    Learn about the Live Like You Love It campaign at lovecoloradowater.org.

  • Thursday, January 07, 2016 8:44 AM | Laura Wing (Administrator)

    Colorado WaterWise exists to stimulate and support water conservation in Colorado.  Over the last year, the Colorado Water Wise Board (CWW) has been working hard to develop a strategic plan to ensure that CWW will remain sustainable.  As part of that effort, we have revised our membership structure. 

    Colorado WaterWise does five things;

    ü  Creates conservation tools,

    ü  Connects water efficiency professionals,

    ü  Collaborates with partners on efficiency projects,

    ü  Contributes to water efficiency policy,

    ü  Communicates these initiatives to the Colorado water conservation community.

    Through past support Colorado WaterWise has:

    • Created award-winning materials for the Colorado Water: Live Like You Love It Toolkit (visit http://lovecoloradowater.org/);
    • Created a Colorado Outdoor Water Regulation Guide Smart Phone App that puts accurate and current landscape and water rules at the fingertips of landscape professionals;
    • Connected over 100 efficiency professionals through our Water Efficiency Workshops for Colorado Plumbing and  Lunch n’ Learn series;
    • Collaborated with the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Water Research Foundation, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, and Cavanaugh & Associates to host five AWWA M36 Water Audit and Loss Control Workshops in September 2015;
    • Provided expert testimony to the Colorado legislature regarding efficiency proposals; and
    • Hosted an informative, engaging and inspiring annual Summit  in the fall.

    In order to sustain this work, a new annual membership structure for utilities has been put in place.  It looks like this:

    • Student Membership ($50)
    • Basic Membership ($250)
    • Industry Membership ($1,000)
    • Small Utilities, with 10 or fewer employees, have a membership fee of $500.  Included in this membership are:
      • Quarterly Newsletter;
      • Case Study Library;
      • BP Guidebook;
      • A discount for 1 registration to the Annual Event; and
      • Access to CWW Utility Tools including the Smart Phone App and the Live Like You Love It (LLYLI) Toolkit materials.  You can learn more about LLYLI participation levels here: http://lovecoloradowater.org/participation-levels/.
    • Medium Utilities, with between 11 and 50 employees, have a membership fee of $1,000.  Included in this membership are everything included for the Small Utilities as well as a discount on a second registration (2 total) to the Annual Event.
    • Large Utilities, with more than 50 employees, have a membership fee of $1,500.  Included in this membership are everything included for the Small Utilities plus a discount on a total of 3 registrations for the Annual Event.
    Take advantage of valuable benefits by joining Colorado WaterWise today!
  • Thursday, October 29, 2015 8:15 AM | Natalie Stevens (Administrator)


    Thursday, October 29, 2015
    Police Protective Association Event Center
    2105 Decatur Street Denver, Colorado

    Summit Event8:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Great Divide Movie Premiere: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    Keynote Speaker
    Dr. Wallace J. Nichols
    NY Times Best Selling Author of "A Blue Mind"

    View the Full Event Program

    Register Online and learn more about the event.

    Early Bird Member Rate: $150
    Member Rate (after September 19): $200
    Early Bird Non-Member Rate: $200
    Non-Member Rate: $275
    Become a Colorado WaterWise Member!

    Sponsors are needed to make the event a success. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

  • Thursday, September 10, 2015 6:00 PM | Anonymous

  • Friday, August 07, 2015 12:48 PM | Anonymous


    National Survey Utility CII Water Efficiency Programs

    The American Water Works Association (AWWA) requests your utility’s participation in a web-based survey of the Utility Commercial, Industrial and Institutional (CII) Water Efficiency Programs to help us better meet the water conservation planning needs of our Members.

    The survey may be accessed via SurveyMonkey.

    The survey is being conducted by the Water EfficiencyPrograms and Technology Committee (WEPTC) of AWWA and seeks to:

    a)  identify and describe the design and effects of existing CII efficiency programs

    b)  assemble a compendium of existing principles and practices for planning, implementing, and evaluating CII water use and conservation potential, and 

    c)  assist conservation planners providing a basis for development of best management practice (BMP), educational efforts, and conducting additional research on water use efficiency in the CII sector.

    The survey should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. The target respondents for this survey are utility personnel working with water use and conservation including General Managers, Utility Directors, Planners, Financial Managers and Conservation Coordinators.

    Your utility responses will be strictly confidential and will be grouped with information from other utilities for statistical purposes only. If you have any questions about the survey, or if you believe this survey is best directed elsewhere in your organization, please contact Lindsey Geiger.

    Thanks in advance for your contribution to this collective effort and for supporting AWWA's mission to provide solutions to effectively manage water, the world's most important resource.


  • Wednesday, July 15, 2015 4:18 PM | Laura Wing (Administrator)

    Just tell us how you Live Like You Love Colorado Water here:  http://lovecoloradowater.org/contest/.

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015 12:03 PM | Laura Wing (Administrator)


    Colorado WaterWise is thrilled to inform you we have officially launched LoveColoradoWater.org to bring our award-winning Colorado Water – Live Like You Love It campaign to a broader audience and provide you another compelling resource for water education.                                                                                   


    The Colorado Water -- Live Like You Love It  campaign was launched last year to deliver a unified, consistent message about the value of Colorado water and the need to conserve, care for and commit to becoming more informed about this critical resource. This content filled a need for simple, fun and professionally produced educational tools.

    Public opinion research shows many Coloradans don’t understand the value of our water. LoveColoradoWater.org is now a hub for information on how to conserve and care for our water. The new website compliments our LoveColoradoWater Facebook page.

    Help us spread the love! LoveColoradoWater.org contains information on how you and can JOIN THE CAMPAIGN to ensure that this message continues to flow. These tools are essential in helping you communicate with customers, students, and businesses about the value of our water.                                               

    By pooling funds and resources and streamlining messaging, we can collectively make a much bigger splash in educating Coloradans about the one thing no one can live without.


    Please check out the new website and become part of this powerful movement to encourage Coloradans to love their water!

  • Monday, April 20, 2015 10:04 AM | Natalie Stevens (Administrator)

    By Jay Adams, Denver Water

    The state has legalized marijuana for medicinal and recreational use and those plants need water to grow. The plants are part of Colorado - there is no denying it. 

    With the legalization of recreational marijuana, Jeff Tejral, Manager of Conservation, and Michael Thomas, Conservation Office Technician, want to know how much water growers in the blossoming industry are using. 

    In an effort to start gathering data on the cannabis industry’s water use, the conservation team reviewed 16 grow facilities in Denver Water’s service area that were registered with the state in 2014. Thomas traced consumption at the addresses back to 2005. 

    While the research was not able to determine how long the grow operations were in business at each address, it did reveal a steady increase in water consumption during key periods when laws changed in Colorado.  Although the amount of water the growers use is only a small portion of Denver Water’s overall supply, Tejral wants to have a good understanding of the industry and where it’s heading. "They are our customers and the people who use their product are also our customers," he said. 

    Tejral is reaching out to growers, including Denver Relief in northeast Denver. He found that Denver Water and cannabis growers have a common goal — use only what you need. For Denver Water, conservation is a long-held practice. At Denver Relief, using the right amount of water is important because it builds healthy plants, and healthy plants lead to good sales and good business. 

    “We want to know if we are over-feeding these plants," said Nick Hice, Denver Relief co-owner. Denver Relief is constantly experimenting with the amount of water, light and nutrients plants receive. Some of the experiments have resulted in reduced water consumption. "Two years ago we used 80 gallons of water per week for a table of 21 plants. Today we use only 60 gallons a week," Hice said. Denver Relief will continue experimenting with water use to see if it can keep plants just as healthy or even healthier with less water. 

    Another benefit of reduced consumption is that it requires less labor. "If we don't have to water as much, our staff can spend more time monitoring the plants for disease and overall health," Hice said. 

    Denver Relief and Denver Water have another common goal: both would like to see the marijuana industry develop a list of best practices for the water-related aspects of growing cannabis. The list would include promoting the use of charcoal water filters instead of reverse osmosis to remove chemicals from tap water that plants do not need, such as fluoride and chlorine. Charcoal filtration not only removes the chemicals, but also uses less water. 

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