Efficient Water Use

Be a Good Steward of Water Resources

As growth in Northern Colorado continues, it’s imperative that we use the region’s water resources wisely. Our Water Efficiency Program provides water efficiency services to allottees in order to maximize the value and use of the water we deliver, while doing so in a cost-effective, collaborative and demonstrative manner. 

Northern Water views water efficiency as an integral part of its management strategy with long-range planning that encourages people to be good stewards of water resources. The supplemental water that we provide through the Colorado-Big Thompson and Windy Gap projects is diverted from the Colorado River. With known pressures on this river system, it is critically important that we make the best use of this resource and support regional water resilience by promoting water efficient and drought tolerant landscapes.

Built on input from and designed in response to input from our allottees and stakeholders, our Water Efficiency Program is designed to provide information 

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and education to the public, green industry professionals, municipalities and Northern Water allottees. We focus on providing support to the commercial water industry by supporting large-scale landscapes, including homeowners associations, parks, cities, businesses and more. However, we also support residential customers in their landscape and irrigation needs. 

We want to ensure we do more with less water and can secure this resource for existing and future generations.

Water Efficiency Program Areas

Conservation Campus and Gardens

Northern Water’s Conservation Campus and Gardens span several acres of the Berthoud headquarters campus.

Consultations and Audits

Design the perfect landscape to be water efficient while taking part in a landscape consultation or irrigation audit.


Northern Water is helping coordinate drought efforts to maintain the health and safety of the communities that we serve.

Drought Resources

We've compiled drought resources for a variety of uses for commercial, municipal and residential, including model drought plans.


Northern Water offers a Collaborative Water-Efficient Landscape Grant Program to promote water-efficient, climate-friendly landscapes.

Landscape Resources

A variety of resources including irrigation, native grasses, organic matter, smart controllers, street strip landscapes, water wise landscapes and more.

Landscape Templates

Landscape templates are a great tool to start a landscape transition or new installation for those affected by the Marshall Fire.

Trainings and Events

Classes and training aim to give attendees an understanding of topics, including plant-soil-water relationship, water requirements and more.

Partners and Resources

Throughout time, landscape designs, functions and features that may no longer meet the needs, so utilize these local partners.

Weather Network

Northern Water’s weather network began in 1985 to provide high quality data for use in irrigation scheduling.

Planning For Efficiency

Various resources for retail water providers to write or revise a state approved water use efficiency plan.

Northern Water Wins EPA WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award 

Northern Water was honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award for its work promoting WaterSense and water efficiency in 2022. For the past three years Northern Water was recognized as a Promotional Partner of the Year. Northern Water was one of 13 Sustained Excellence Award winners. In the past year, Northern Water conducted water conservation activities throughout the year, such as its Collaborative Water-Efficient Landscape Grant Program and its award-winning Conservation Gardens at Northern Water.

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