Why water? The Blue River Watershed (Summit County) will likely be facing a gap of up to 15 billion gallons of water by 2050. Scroll down to learn more about water efficiency efforts across the county, and how you can make an impact now!
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!
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.
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