When we talk about water, we are talking about our water picture of water on grasssupply, our stormwater, and our wastewater. Conserving and protecting our water resources is a vital element to promoting a more sustainable Wheat Ridge.

Maintaining and enhancing existing built and natural water systems promotes the social, economic and environmental livability of Wheat Ridge. The benefits to human and environmental health, reducing flood impacts, and associated costs are all considerations for embracing water sustainability.

Ongoing Efforts

The City of Wheat Ridge is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of water conservation and helping its residents use water more efficiently.

Ways you can participate

  • Use low flow shower heads, faucets and toilets.
  • Remove lawn in favor of low water xeric plant material and rock.
  • Only wash full loads of dishes or laundry.
  • Turn the faucet off when you brush your teeth.
  • Did you know everything we buy, use and do comes with its own water footprint?

Seven Principles of Water-Wise Landscaping

  1. Plan and design for water conservation, beauty and utility - Water savings do not happen by accident or by just placing a few xeric plants around the landscape; it requires planning.
  2. Hydrozone - Select plants appropriate to our climate, group them according to water need, and then actually irrigating according to water need.
  3. Water efficiently with appropriate irrigation methods - Of all the principles, watering efficiently has the greatest water savings potential for the typical landscape. The average homeowner uses twice the amount of water than lawns and gardens actually need. Efficient irrigation includes attention to design, maintenance, and management.
  4. Create practical turf and non-turf areas - Water-wise landscaping is not anti-turf, but rather matching the turf type to the actual use of the site. This is a change from the typical landscape design where high-input lawn is the common ground covering.
  5. Improve the soil - With improved soils, plants reach a larger supply of water.
  6. Mulch to reduce evaporation - Mulch with drip irrigation can reduce water use by 50 percent.
  7. Maintain with good horticultural practices - Healthy plants are more tolerant of summer heat and wind.

CSU Extension Publication: Water Conservation In and Around the Home