How to Conserve
Small actions at home can save thousands of gallons and more. We need it. After all, the Blue River is expected to see a major gap between water supplies and demands by 2050. Just how short will we be? Around 15 billion gallons, or the amount of water used by more than 100,000 families each year.
Ways to Save
- Spend five minutes or less in the shower. This uses less water than a bath.
- Install a high-efficiency showerhead. Or sign up for Tame the Tap and let HC3 do it for you.
- Replace an old toilet with a high-efficiency toilet, which can pay for itself over time in water savings. If you participate in HC3’s Free Water Checkups, you’re eligible for a $100 rebate.
- Turn off the water while shaving, brushing, and lathering.
- Do not let water run while hand-washing dishes.
- Wash only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher.
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 crucial player in water health and availability.
Check out what your town is doing to conserve water.
Photo by Bill Linfield.