Water keeps Colorado running


of the major cities in Colorado surveyed by Fresh Water News use permanent watering restrictions to save water.

Yet research indicates that these permanent conservation rules dramatically reduce outdoor water use.

Cities that don’t use them say lack of storage and other issues make them difficult to implement.


states and the Republic of Mexico share rivers that begin in Colorado.

9 interstate compacts determine how that water is shared.

Learn how water is shared and administered among states.



acre-feet of new water storage has come online in Colorado since 2015. But the water plan set a goal of 400,000 acre-feet of new storage by 2050.

Water storage is needed to address the needs of a growing population amid shortages.

But building new storage is easier said than done. Even the task of forecasting — to project how much water will be available to store — has become especially difficult as a result of climate change. 



of Coloradans drink water that flows out of national forest land – and forest fires threaten that water.

Forest, fire and water are inextricably linked.

Ash, nutrients and sediment pollute water after fires. Wildfires are a reality for those living in the West, but the impact on the landscape lingers long after the smoke is gone.

We ensure a better future for Colorado through water education.