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Water Efficiency

What Is Water Efficiency?
Quite simply, water efficiency is doing more with less – not doing without. Water efficiency efforts include the practices, techniques and technologies that extend water supplies and other resources (e.g. energy) by either saving water or through substituting with alternative supplies such as reuse. This, in turn, frees up water supplies for other uses, such as new development, stored drought reserves, agricultural leases, and environmental uses (e.g. instream flows). Water efficiency is inclusive of water conservation and includes both system demands and customer water demands.

Why Plan for Water Efficiency?
Long-term water efficiency planning is needed to extend Colorado’s water supply as demands increase from a growing population. As the Statewide Water Supply Initiative (SWSI) outlined, water efficiency planning should be integrated into local water resource planning to achieve overall water resource management goals. Water efficiency planning can help water providers identify where future planning efforts need to be focused, examine the effect of water efficiency on future water supply and demand, and estimate how water efficiency may affect (e.g. reduce) the need for and costs of new water supplies and other investments. Best Management Practices are good tools for developing comprehensive water efficiency plans.

For more information about how to develop a water efficiency plan, visit the CWCB Water Conservation Planning page.

What Are the Benefits of Water Efficiency?
Lowering water demands as a result of water efficiency can assist providers in avoiding, downsizing, or postponing the construction and operation of water supply facilities and wastewater facilities as well as eliminating, reducing, or postponing water purchases. In addition to these water supply benefits, there are other societal, political, and environmental benefits.

Examples of such benefits include:
  • Reduction of wastewater discharges through indoor water savings which can improve water quality and aquatic habitat.
  • Reduction of outdoor irrigation runoff which can improve water quality.
  • Demonstrating commitment to sustainability.
  • Meeting political and regulatory requirements necessary to obtain permitting for local and regional water supply projects.
  • Demonstrating leadership to the community that being more efficient is the right thing to do in an arid environment.
  • Lowering operational costs such as pumping and water treatment.
  • Lowering amount of chemicals needed to treat water.

            Helenium Autumnale

 Additional Information

SB14-103 Water Fixture Bill FAQs
Pursuant to the passage of SB14-103, the sale of low efficiency plumbing fixtures in Colorado was phased out in 2016. Additionally, plumbing manufacturers are required to report the percentage of the types and level of efficiency of fixtures sold in Colorado during 2016 by March 1, 2017. This is a one time reporting requirement to gauge the progress of sales of high efficiency fixtures.

Manufacturers can report sales here
Land Use Planning & Water Planning

As Colorado grows, land-use planning and water planning will become more closely connected through integration of several principles... Read more on Land Use Planning in the Colorado Water Plan, Section 6.3.3

Rainwater Harvesting Pilot Project Program
The CWCB Board has adopted revised Criteria and Guidelines to provide guidance for the Rainwater Harvesting Pilot Project Program application and approval process on September 18, 2019. Regional factors were added to the Criteria and Guidelines along with a few administrative changes.

The goal of the pilot program is to gain information about the feasibility of rainwater and snowmelt harvesting as a water conservation measure in Colorado.