As a major water provider in the West, we have a special responsibility to the environment and being a responsible steward of a most precious natural resource. We are dedicated to protecting and enhancing the health of our watersheds and the properties and public amenities of our system.
One example is our water efficiency plan, which is driving conservation. In 2018, Denver Water customers used an average of 272 million gallons per day between May 1 and July 15, compared to the average of 356 million gallons per day recorded for that same period in 2000. Less total water use, even with 250,000 additional people having moved to Denver since 2000!
Our customers continue to do an incredible job using water efficiently. They’ve reduced water use by more than 20 percent in the past 15 years, despite a 15 percent population increase.
Every type of customer is asked to use only what they need, and Denver Water has conservation tools aimed at residential, commercial and industrial water uses. We also have rules that ensure that our customers don’t waste water, including a limit on the number of days and times customers can irrigate lawns or landscapes.
We have a tiered rate structure to encourage water conservation. The more customers use, the more they pay.
Denver Water spends more than $5 million each year to provide incentives to our customers to retrofit appliances, fixtures and irrigation systems with more efficient models.
It’s working! On average, we estimate that residents in our service area consume approximately 90 gallons per day, among the lowest rates in the western U.S.
TAP - Dec. 2, 2019 - "Denver Water, as part of an expansive environmental agreement with the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest, recently completed its first “toad tunnel” under Vasquez Creek Road just outside Winter Park." Read the full story here.
The Colorado Sun - Nov. 13 - "Both Denver Water and Northern Water state that their new diversion projects are aimed to help meet increasing water demands along the Front Range and to buffer customers from future water-supply variability due to climate change." Read...