To meet the goal of the Executive Order, all Executive state agencies and departments must reduce potable water consumption by a minimum of 1 percent annually (normalized for weather) and at least 7 percent by Fiscal Year 2020 relative to a Fiscal Year 2015 baseline.

FY 2017 Statewide Report

Based on utility data collected and evaluated so far, the state increased water consumption by 5.66%; not meeting the annual goal.

*The Colorado Energy Office determined it was not the proper approach to normalize water consumption for weather. The majority of state water consumption would not be affected by weather and the exorbitant effort to normalize consumption affected by weather would be of minimal value.

GGLC Quick Tips: Individual

  1. When washing your hands, turn the water off while you apply soap. Turning off the water while applying soap or brushing your teeth can save up to four gallons of water per minute.
  2. Time your shower. Keeping your shower under five minutes can save up to 1,000 gallons per month.
  3. Report leaks to facility management. One drip per second from a leaky faucet can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. For additional information on detecting leaks, read here.

GGLC Quick Tips: Facilities

  1. Perform a building audit. Partner with your local water provider to perform an audit of the building and outdoor landscape. Water providers such as Denver Waterprovide free and reduced cost water audits for building owners.
  2. Retrofit restrooms with high-efficiency equipment such as toilets, urinals, showerheads, and faucets. Restrooms account for the highest end use of water in office buildings (approximately 37 percent). The benefits of installing water efficient equipment will result in an operating cost reduction, an increased ability to meet sustainability goals, water savings, and energy cost reduction tied to heating water. Water providers such as Denver Water provide rebates as well as reduced cost fixtures.
  3. As you make landscape plans, consider using xeriscape techniques. Xeriscaping maximizes water efficiency and conserves water through the strategic selection and placement of plants.

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