Water Conservation

Groundwater is a largely non-renewable resource, and as population increases in the Denver Metro Area, there is increased demand on both surface water and groundwater resources. As demand increases, competition for water resources is intensifying and so is the importance of conserving water and implementing best practices for the efficient use of water.  

Citizen's Guide to Colorado Water Conservation

Rainwater Collection

Visit the Division of Water Resources for more information on rain barrels and when they are allowed in Colorado.


Graywater is a part of the wastewater produced in a residential, commercial, or industrial building that may be collected and put to a second beneficial use. Graywater includes wastewater discharged from laundry, showers, bathtubs, and bathroom/laundry sinks. Currently, Adams County has not adopted a graywater control program in our jurisdiction. 

For more information on graywater in Colorado visit cdphe.colorado.gov/water-quality/clean-water/reg-86-graywater-control

EPA's WaterSense Program

An excellent resource for everything related to water use efficiency is EPA's WaterSense Program. Besides valuable information on how to save water at home or at work, you can search for water-efficient products that save water without compromising performance.

EPA's WaterSense Outdoors has a wealth of information on everything from designing water-efficient landscapes to finding certified irrigation professionals in the greater metro area who can help you design, install and maintain water-smart landscapes.

Colorado WaterWise

Colorado WaterWise connects stakeholders, provides resources, and serves as a collaborative leader in the efficient use of urban water in Colorado. Their Live Like You Love It page has some "Fourteeners" hints to help you save water. Check out their resources tab for links to water conservation programs throughout the state and beyond.

Calculating Your Water & Energy Use

Curious to find out where your household uses water the most and what your annual carbon footprint is per year? Try the Alliance for Water Efficiency's Home Water Works Calculator. The data are presented by family size, landscape size and zip code, to give you a better idea how your water use compares with similar households. They even give you recommendations and resources for how to save more water and energy.



Environmental Health Office

7190 Colorado Blvd.
Ste. 200
Commerce City, CO 80022