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Water Conservation Frequently Asked Questions



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Information and Resources for Developing a Water Conservation PlanUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Does the OWDCP have information or resources to help me in developing a meaningful water conservation plan?
Yes, the OWCDP offers both technical and financial assistance for entities seeking to plan for and implement meaningful water conservation. The OWCDP administers the Water Conservation Planning Grant program, which provides monies to eligible entities for water conservation planning. The OWCDP has also developed a comprehensive planning tool to help.  The Water Conservation Plan Development Guidance Document is filled with planning information, worksheets, and resources to support entities striving to create a complete water conservation plan.
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Locally Adopted Water Conservation Plan DefinitionUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
What is a locally adopted water conservation plan?
A locally adopted Water Conservation Plan is a water conservation plan that has been adopted by a local municipality, water utility, special district, or similar that adheres to the requirement of §37-60-126 C.R.S. as amended by the Water Conservation Act of 2004.
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State-approved Water Conservation Plan RequirementsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Who is required to have a State-approved water conservation plan?
According to §37-60-126 C.R.S., all covered entities in Colorado shall develop, adopt, make publicly available, and implement a water conservation plan. Plans must comply, at a minimum, with the newly amended requisite plan elements identified in §37-60-126 C.R.S. Additionally, on and after July 1, 2006, a covered entity that seeks financial assistance from either the CWCB or the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority shall submit to the CWCB a new or revised plan to meet water conservation goals adopted by the covered entity, in accordance with §37-60-126 C.R.S., for the CWCB’s approval prior to the release of new loan proceeds.
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Water Conservation DefinitionUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
What is water conservation?
Water conservation is any beneficial reduction in water loss, waste, or use. It is the reduction in water use accomplished by implementation of water conservation or water efficiency measures. It is improved water management practices that reduce or enhance the beneficial use of water.
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Water Conservation Incentive DefinitionUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
What is a water conservation incentive?
A water conservation incentive is a policy or regulation, rate strategy, or public education campaign designed to promote customer awareness about the value of reducing water use and to motivate consumers to adopt specific water conservation measures.
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Water Conservation Plan ImportanceUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Why is it important to develop a water conservation plan?
Water conservation is a key element of overall water resource planning. Long-term water conservation planning is needed to extend Colorado’s water supply as demands on it increase from a growing population. By setting goals to promote and ensure water use efficiency, wise water use, water transmission and distribution system efficiency, and supply substitution, water suppliers can increase long-term productive use of their water supply in order to satisfy customer needs without compromising desired water services.
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Water Efficiency DefinitionUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
What is water efficiency?
The terms water efficiency and water conservation are often used interchangeably. Water efficiency is the accomplishment of a function, task, process, or result with the minimal amount of water feasible. (e.g. toilet flushing or showering)
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