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Water Conservation

A total of 32 water providers currently serve Douglas County residents and businesses. Douglas County works with these entities to promote water conservation throughout the county. In 2010, Douglas County partnered with a number of water providers to create water conservation plans. These plans were used to create a larger, regional water conservation plan that was approved by the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

While there are conservation initiatives countywide, there are many things residents can do at home to help conserve water. Up to 80 percent of a homeowner’s annual water consumption comes from outdoor irrigation. Simple adjustments to existing landscape can reduce overall water use.

Water conservation is recommended regardless of a drought or not. Please help Douglas County conserve water by following some easy and inexpensive water conservation tips.

Outdoor Water Saving Tips:

  • Water lawns only when it’s needed. Typically, during the summer, Colorado lawns only need water two to three times a week.
  • Check outdoor faucets for leaks and repair.
  • Check sprinklers for leaks and broken sprinkler heads. Outdoor leaks are often hidden or difficult to find. They increase water bills and add no benefit to lawns or gardens.
  • Sweep driveways and sidewalks instead of using a hose.
  • Install rain gages on irrigation systems.
  • Check sprinkler heads to ensure equal distribution and rate of flow. Replace as necessary.
  • Ensure irrigation programming is set to rotate through zones a few times with each zone only operating a few minutes per rotation.
  • Don’t water sidewalks or streets, and avoid watering the lawn when it’s windy.
  • Water lawns early in the morning or late at night to avoid high evaporation and encourage root zone infiltration.