Drought Resources - Residential and Commercial

Be Good Stewards of Water Resources

Water distribution is often a complex undertaking, with miles of pipes, canals and water treatment facilities designed to ensure residents have the cleanest drinking water possible. In Colorado, this process is especially challenging, with about 85 percent of the state’s population living on the East Slope, and 80 percent of Colorado’s water originating west of the Continental Divide. Even if your local area is not experiencing dry weather conditions, drought in other regions can have ripple effects throughout the state. 

Due to the interconnected nature of Colorado’s water resources, good stewardship of water is universally needed to ensure adequate supplies for all. Though this goal may seem daunting, the links below can help Colorado residents and businesses efficiently manage water during times of both drought and plentiful water supplies. Sound water efficiency practices not only saves water and money, but can also help preempt the need for significant watering restrictions in times of drought. 

Residential Resources

Northern Water Fact Sheets & Tools

Northern Water’s fact sheets and tools outline best practices and tips to help residents conserve water on their landscapes.

EPA Drought & WaterSense

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has tools, tips and resources for residents to conserve water during a drought.

GreenCO Conservation Resources

The Green Industries of Colorado has resources, fact sheets and videos to conserve water in yards and make landscapes more drought tolerant.

Drought Status and Restrictions

The Colorado Water Conservation Board has created a tool for the public to track current drought conditions and view any active watering restrictions based on their location.

Live Like You Love It

Colorado WaterWise created its Live Like You Love It campaign to educate Colorado residents on the importance of water conservation and the value of the state’s water resources.

Commercial Resources

Northern Water’s Grant Program

Northern Water’s grant program helps fund conversion of cold-climate turf to water-efficient, Colorado climate-friendly landscapes managed by cities, non-profits, businesses, schools, multi-family complexes and HOAs.

Live Like You Love It Tips

The Live Like You Love It campaign has fact sheets specifically designed to help commercial properties and homeowners’ associations manage the water used on landscapes as efficiently as possible.