What is Water Efficiency?
Quite simply, water conservation 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 conservation is inclusive of water conservation and includes both system demands and customer water demands.
Water Conservation Tips
View the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District’s Outdoor Water Efficiency page for tips and more information about conserving water outdoors. Learn which devices to use, how to perform an outdoor audit, how to maintain an automated irrigation system, and links to additional resources.
View the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District’s Free Water Efficiency Devices page for tips and more information about conserving water indoors. Learn which devices to use to conserve water for your faucet, shower head and toilet.
Why Plan for Water Conservation?
Long-term water conservation 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. Waterconservation 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 conservation 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 Colorado Water Conservation Board’s Water Conservation Planning page.
What are the Benefits?
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:
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