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Conservation

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Water in Colorado is a precious and limited resource. Westminster has actively promoted water conservation and efficiency since the 1980s, and is committed to helping all customers make smart choices about their water use. City-sponsored conservation programs and information are listed below, expand the accordions for more detailed information.

Learn more about water conservation in your neighborhood and the statewide benefits it providesd programs - watch this 11-minute documentary by the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the One World One Water Center at Metropolitan State University.
 

Click here for Residential Water Saving Tips.

Understand how much water your household likely uses with this Home Water Use Calculator.

Normal water use for Westminster households:

  • Monthly water use on your water bill is reported in kgal (thousand gallons)
    • 2-6 kgal during wintertime
      • Westminster single family average = 4 kgal/mo
      • Fluctuates based upon number of people in household and age of toilets
    • 10-30 kgal during summer
      • Westminster single family average = 16 kgal/mo in peak summer month
      • Fluctuates based upon size of yard and type of landscaping

Find and fix the most common household leaks.

View this snapshot of what uses the most water indoors.

View these interesting Westminster-specific Water Facts.

See tiles above to sign up for City-sponsored programs.

Click here for outdoor water saving tips.

Learn how long to run your irrigation system during each month of the summer with this schedule.

Understand how to maintain your irrigation system.

Cycle & Soak: Divide watering times into three short cycles to reduce runoff and grow a strong, healthy lawn.

Water Twice A Week: It’s enough to keep your lawn green most of the time, and for scorching summer weeks it’s okay to add a third day.

Rain Barrels: Use rain barrels to collect precipitation and reuse it outdoors. Using rain barrels can help minimize the amount of treated drinking water needed to maintain lawns and gardens and reduce runoff pollution entering our local waterways.

HOA Rules: If you live in an HOA, your association cannot require you to have a turf grass lawn at your home – that’s been a state law since 2013! You still may have to make sure your landscape looks nice, but it can be fully xeriscaped. Look for ideas on how to makeover your yard with our Garden in a Box discounts.

Large landscape irrigation audits are available to HOAs and commercial properties through a city cost share program. Contact the city through the information below. 

Click here for indoor water saving tips.

The city provides up to two, free high-efficiency toilets and free indoor water-use inspections to income-qualified homeowners. Homeowners qualifying for the Bill Credit Program automatically qualify for this program. Click here to learn more and apply.

The city also partners with Mile High Youth Corps, Maiker Housing Partners, and Foothills Regional Housing to install high-efficiency fixtures in income-qualified, multi-family housing properties.

Learn about what water and sewer rates pay for and why they sometimes increase even when residents conserve in this 2.5 min VIDEO .

Conservation efforts by Westminster residents have kept water rates low. This peer-reviewed, published study documents how water rates would have been nearly double today’s rates (an extra $600 per year) without conservation efforts: Conservation Efforts Limit Rate Increases For Colorado Utility.

New development in Westminster pays its fair share to connect into the $4B dollar water and sewer infrastructure system. New development is subject to water-conserving:

Landscape Regulations

Water / Sewer Tap Fees

Learn about Westminster’s entire water supply, treatment, distribution, sewer collection, and sewer treatment infrastructure by viewing the Westminster Water Essentials infographic.

Questions?

Drew Beckwith, Water Resources Analyst, may be reached at dbeckwith@cityofwestminster.us or 303-658-2386 for any questions about the city’s Water Conservation and Efficiency Programs.