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Water Conservation

The Water Conservation Program offers support services to City of Boulder customers who want to be more efficient with their water use. Using water efficiently and eliminating leaks can help reduce your water utility bill costs while also supporting the Boulder community be more sustainable. The 2019 Water Conservation Report pdf is now available.

Resident Water Conservation Program Services 

The Water Conservation Program partners with Resource Central to support residents in reducing their water usage. Services and products are limited in quantity and are offered on a first come, first serve basis. Visit Resource Central’s main webpage at or call 303-999-3820 to learn more. Some programs include:

  • Free Irrigation Consultants
  • Water-Wise Garden Kits
  • Replacement Turf Replacement Pilot Program
  • Free Landscape Seminars

Commercial Water Conservation Program Services

The Water Conservation Program partners with the county's Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) Program to provide commercial customers with FREE water and energy services. Visit Partner's for a Clean Environment main webpage at or call 303-786-7223 to learn more. At Partners for a Clean Environment, a business sustainability consultant can: 

  • Conduct a free water assessment at your business
  • Identify quick upgrades, such as installing low-flow fixtures 
  • Connect you with tools, incentives and other resources
  • Engage employees in efforts to reduce water use

Indoor Water Tips

Outdoor Water Tips

There are many ways to reduce water outdoors and to be smart with your landscape. You can create your yard to promote pollinator habitat or reduce pollutants from entering our local waterways! Call water conservation staff today to learn more and explore some resources below: 

  • When and How to Water Your Yard pdf fact sheet from GreenCO explains how to water your yard the right amount 
  • How Your Sprinkler System Can Save Water fact sheet from GreenCO explains how you can program your irrigation system to be more water efficient and maintain a healthy landscape
  • Yard and Garden Tips on Colorado State Univeristy Extension's website has great tips and resources for any type of landscape. 
  • Choose the Right Lawn on Northern Water's website can guide you in identifying what is the best seed for where your lawn is located and how it's used.

Finding and Fixing Leaks

The average household leaks almost 10,000 gallons of water per year, or the amount of water it takes to wash 300 loads of laundry. In just 10 minutes, you can search your home for leaks and reduce water waste. Many common household leaks are quick to find and easy to fix. 

Indoor Leaks

  • Toilets: Toilet leaks can be silent! Conduct a food coloring test. Put a few drops of food coloring into the tank at the back of your toilet and let it sit for 10 minutes. If color shows up in the bowl, you have a leak.
  • Faucets : Look and listen for drips from bathtubs, faucets or in the pipes under the sink. Check for pooling water under pipes or rust around joints and edges; this could mean you have a leak!
  • Showerheads: Look for a dripping showerhead and replace with a new one if needed.
  • Bathtub: Turn on the bathtub, then the water to the shower and see if some water still drips from the bathtub spigot; that could mean a valve needs replacing.
  • Clothes washer or dishwasher: Look for pooling of water around the machine, rust or warped material; this could mean you have a leak.
  • Other:  Do you have anything else that uses water like a water heater or fountain? Check for signs of leaks!

Outdoor Leaks

  • Spigot: Ensure tight connections between the hose and spigot. If you see dripping water, your hose washer might need replacing.
  • Irrigation system: Check for broken sprinklers or nozzles spraying the pavement and not your landscape.

Resources to Fix a Leak

  • WaterSense Fix a Leak website has many helpful video links that show how to fix these simple leaks.
  • Free irrigation consultations at  that can help you identify obvious leaks in your irrigation system.
  • If you cannot find a leak, or are having troubles fixing one, contact a certified plumber. 


There are no drought restrictions in place currently. However, Boulder is in a semi-arid environment and experiences hot and dry conditions during the year and so we encourage water efficiency- especially later in the summer and fall! For more information on drought monitoring, visit City of Boulder's Drought Water watch webpage