Water Conservation and Protection

Durango's Water Sustainability Principles

  • Durango has a resilient supply of affordable clean water, and individuals and organizations are empowered to use water efficiently.
  • Water and wastewater treatment utilize sustainable practices and minimize greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The Animas River and its watershed support healthy riparian ecosystems and recreation opportunities.

Durango's Water Sustainability Objectives

  • Water Supply & Use: Manage Durango’s water sources and consumption through conservation and efficiency so our community and surrounding riparian ecosystems are resilient to the projected impacts of climate change.
  • Water Quality: Maintain water quality levels, or improve where needed, in both supplied water and throughout the Animas River watershed.

The City of Durango Public Works Department oversees water, wastewater, and stormwater management.

  1. What You Can Do
  2. What the City of Durango is Doing

Be Water Smart

  • Install WaterSense certified fixtures and appliances - the EPA WaterSense website has a lot of great additional information on how to save water.
  • Fix drips and leaks in your home.
  • Re-consider and reduce wasteful water habits like running the faucet continually to defrost frozen meat, while washing dishes, or brushing your teeth.
  • Run full loads in your dishwasher and clothes washing machine.

Please visit the City's utility website for water saving tips and to find out what steps you can take to be Water Smart.

Water-Wise Landscaping and Smart Irrigation

For many homes, more than half of total water consumption is related to outdoor irrigation and water use.

  • Utilize water-wise landscaping or xeriscaping. While there is some up-front cost associated with converting, this switch can save thousands of gallons of water and hundreds of dollars a year in water costs. The CSU Extension Master Gardener site has excellent resources on water-wise and drought tolerant landscaping.
  • Water plants and lawns in the late evening or early morning - this saves water and is better for the plants.
  • Adjust sprinklers to minimize water landing on sidewalks, the driveway, or street.
  • The City of Durango Water Utilities page has information on smart irrigation systems.

Water Quality