The Blue River Watershed (Summit County) will likely be facing a water shortage — up to 15 billion gallons — by 2050. Scroll down to learn more about water efficiency efforts across the county. Make an impact NOW by signing up for a free water consultation. Scheduling will begin in May for appointments starting in June.

OUTDOOR: Just like a car, sprinklers need an occasional check-up. Sign up for Slow the Flow to get an irrigation inspection and customized watering schedule from Resource Central. Available FREE to customers of the following water providers: Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne.

INDOOR: Learn how your use stacks up with an indoor water consultation from HC3. You’ll receive on-the-spot simple fixes, a leak inspection and personalized recommendations for project upgrades. Rebates available for upgrades! Available FREE to Summit County residents and homeowners.

Keep Our Water Clean

Free Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program

Did you know that flushing throwing away unused or unwanted medications can cause pollution in lakes, streams, and water supplies?
Help keep water free of contaminates by participating in the free Pharmaceutical Take-Back program.

Slow the Flow

Get a FREE Sprinkler Check-Up!

Take advantage of a free sprinkler consultation to save thousands of gallons of water every year! Brought to you by Resource Central, the High Country Conservation Center, and your local water provider. Appointments are limited, so act quickly.

Water Efficiency Plans

In 2017, HC3 and five water providers in Summit County partnered for the development of a regional water efficiency plan, which addresses common themes and water saving opportunities. Individual plans (for four of the five providers) represent the unique needs of each community. Click on the plans to learn more!

Regional Water Plan

Blue River Watershed WEP

Town of Breckenridge

Town of Breckenridge

Town of Dillon

Town of Dillon

Copper Mtn. Metro

Copper Mountain Consolidated Metropolitan District

Town of Frisco

Town of Frisco

Climate Change in the Headwaters Report

Climate Change in the Headwaters

Water and Snow Impacts

New report by the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization demonstrates the impact of Climate Change on Colorado River headwaters communities. The outlook is dramatic for Summit County and the Blue River Watershed. The need to mitigate emissions and adapt to higher temperatures is clearly laid out. The water efficiency plans are one step towards that goal.

Local Water Conservation

Summit County is home to the Blue River, a headwaters region for the mighty Colorado River. Located in the High Rockies, this watershed plays a critical role for the health and vibrancy of this major river basin in the western United States. Not only does water from Summit County make it to the Pacific Ocean, but also to the Gulf of Mexico through trans-mountain diversion projects. All of this makes the Blue River Watershed a cruicial player in water health and availability.

Check out what your town is doing to conserve water.

Photo by Bill Linfield.

Blue River Watershed

In Summit County, Colorado, we live within close proximity to many watersheds, including the Blue River Watershed. A watershed is simply a basin that carries water from the land in higher elevations to lower elevations after rain and snow melt. Water is a universal solvent (able to dissolve other substances), which means it is affected by everything it comes into contact with. This is why it is crucial to be aware of what we are doing on land and how our activities affect water quality for life downstream.

Driving through Summit County on Highway 9, you will see the Blue River glisten with ice and snow in the winter and flow with great force in the spring and summer. While this river can seem small at times, it actually runs through three counties: Lake, Summit, and Grand.

Photo by Bill Linfield.

How to Conserve

We can all do our part to conserve water by changing behaviors at home. Read the list below for a few examples of what you can do to conserve water.

  • Spend five minutes or less in the shower. Showers use less water than baths.
  • Install a high-efficiency showerhead.
  • Replace an old toilet with a high-efficiency toilet, which can pay for itself over time in water savings.
  • Turn off the water while shaving, brushing your teeth, and lathering in the shower.
  • Replace or install a low-flow aerator on your bathroom faucet.
  • Do not let water run while hand-washing dishes.
  • Wash only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher. Try to wash two fewer loads per week.

Click the buttons below for more ways to conserve water at home.

Interested in water regulations in your area? Check out the Colorado Outdoor Water Regulation Guide.

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