Colorado - 2012 State Policy Information Colorado State Flag 

Below are results for Colorado from the 2011/2012 Water Efficiency and Conservation State Scorecard survey.

Use the links below to jump to a specific question:

Q1. State Agencies  Q8. Water Loss  Q15. Implementation Requirements 
Q2. Toilet Regulations    Q9. Permitting     Q16. State Funding for Conservation 
Q3. Showerhead Regulations  Q10. Drought Plans  Q17. Technical Assistance 
Q4. Urinal Regulations  Q11. Conservation Plans  Q18. Volumetric Billing   
Q5. Clothes Washer Regulations  Q12. Authority to Approve Plans  Q19. Metered Connections  
Q6. PRSV Regulations  Q13. Plan Update Frequency  Q20. ET Microclimate Information   
Q7. Building or Plumbing Codes  Q14. Planning Framework  Additional Information 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


  1. What state agency or agencies are in charge of drinking water conservation/efficiency?

    Office of Water Conservation and Drought Planning of the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB)
     
  2. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for toilets that is more stringent than the federal standard?  

    Yes.  SB14-103 requires toilets sold in the State of Colorado to be WaterSense labeled after September 1, 2016.

    SB14-103 Text

     
  3. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for showerheads that is more stringent than the federal standard? 

    Yes.  SB14-103 requires showerheads sold in the State of Colorado to be WaterSense labeled after September 1, 2016.

    SB14-103 Text
     

     
  4. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for urinals that is more stringent than the federal standard?

    Yes.  SB14-103 requires urinals sold in the State of Colorado to be WaterSense labeled after September 1, 2016.

    SB14-103 Text

       
     
  5. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for clothes washers that is more stringent than the federal standard? 

    No
     
  6. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for pre-rinse spray valves that is more stringent than the federal standard?  

    No
     
  7. Does the state have mandatory building or plumbing codes requiring water efficient products that exceed the federal standard? 

    Yes.

    In addition to requirements for toilets, showerheads, and urinals, lavatory faucets
    sold in the State of Colorado must be WaterSense labeled after September 1, 2016.
     

    SB14-103 Text 
      
  8. Does the state have any regulations or policies for water utilities regarding water loss in the utility distribution system?  

    No
     
  9. Does the state require conservation activities as part of its water permitting process or water right permit?

    No
     
      
  10. Does the state require preparation of drought emergency plans by water utilities or cities on any prescribed schedule?  

    No
     
  11. Does the state have a mandatory planning requirement for potable water conservation/efficiency separate from drought emergency plans?   

    Yes.

    COLO. REV. STAT. § 37-60-126.  (1)(b):

    "'Covered entity' means each municipality, agency, utility, including any privately owned utility, or other publicly owned entity with a legal obligation to supply, distribute, or otherwise provide water at retail to domestic, commercial, industrial, or public facility customers, and that has a total demand for such customers of two thousand acre-feet or more." (2)(a) "Each covered entity shall . . . develop, adopt, make publicly available, and implement a plan pursuant to which such covered entity shall encourage its domestic, commercial, industrial, and public facility customers to use water more efficiently."

    COLO. REV. STAT. § 37-60-126 Text
     
  12. Does the state have the authority to approve or reject the conservation plans? 

    Yes.

    COLO. REV. STAT. § 37-60-126(7)(a):

    "The board shall adopt guidelines for the office to review water conservation plans submitted by covered entities and other state or local governmental entities. The guidelines shall define . . . the methods for office review and approval of the plans . . . ." 

    COLO. REV. STAT. § 37-60-126(8):

    "A covered entity may at any time adopt changes to an approved plan in accordance with this section after notifying and receiving concurrence from the office."

    COLO. REV. STAT. § 37-60-126 Text
      
  13. How often does the state require the water utilities to submit a potable water conservation plan (not part of a drought emergency plan)? 

    Not to exceed 7 years.

    COLO. REV. STAT. § 37-60-126(4):

    "A plan developed by a covered entity . . . shall, at a minimum, include a full evaluation of the following plan elements: . . . (d) The time period, not to exceed seven years, after which the covered entity will review and update its adopted plan."

    COLO. REV. STAT. § 37-60-126 Text
     
  14. If the state has a mandatory planning requirement for potable water conservation separate from drought emergency plans, is there a framework or prescribed methodology?

    Yes.

    COLO. REV. STAT. § 37-60-126. (4):

    "A plan developed by a covered entity . . . shall, at a minimum, include a full evaluation of the following plan elements: . . . (a) The water-saving measures and programs to be used by the covered entity for water conservation. In developing these measures and programs, each covered entity shall, at a minimum, consider the following: (I) Water-efficient fixtures and appliances, including toilets, urinals, clothes washers, showerheads, and faucet aerators; (II) Low water use landscapes, drought-resistant vegetation, removal of phreatophytes, and efficient irrigation; (III) Water-efficient industrial and commercial water-using processes; (IV) Water reuse systems; (V) Distribution system leak identification and repair; (VI) Dissemination of information regarding water use efficiency measures, including by public education, customer water use audits, and water-saving demonstrations; (VII) (A) Water rate structures and billing systems designed to encourage water use efficiency in a fiscally responsible manner. . . . (VIII) Regulatory measures designed to encourage water conservation; (IX) Incentives to implement water conservation techniques, including rebates to customers to encourage the installation of water conservation measures; (b) A section stating the covered entity's best judgment of the role of water conservation plans in the covered entity's water supply planning; (c) The steps the covered entity used to develop, and will use to implement, monitor, review, and revise, its water conservation plan; (d) The time period, not to exceed seven years, after which the covered entity will review and update its adopted plan; and (e) Either as a percentage or in acre-foot increments, an estimate of the amount of water that has been saved through a previously implemented conservation plan and an estimate of the amount of water that will be saved through conservation when the plan is implemented."

    COLO. REV. STAT. § 37-60-126 Text
     
      
  15. Does the state require water utilities to implement conservation measures, beyond just the preparation and submittal of plans? 

    Yes.

    COLO. REV. STAT. § 37-60-126. (2)(a):

    "Each covered entity shall . . . implement a plan pursuant to which such covered entity shall encourage its domestic, commercial, industrial, and public facility customers to use water more efficiently."  (4) "A plan developed by a covered entity . . . shall, at a minimum, include a full evaluation of the following plan elements: . . . (e) Either as a percentage or in acre-foot increments, an estimate of the amount of water that has been saved through a previously implemented conservation plan . . . ." (9)(b) "The board and the Colorado water resources and power development authority, to which any covered entity has applied for financial assistance for the construction of a water diversion, storage, conveyance, water treatment, or wastewater treatment facility, shall consider any water conservation plan filed pursuant to this section in determining whether to render financial assistance to such entity."

    COLO. REV. STAT. § 37-60-126 Text
     
  16. Does the state offer financial assistance to utilities, cities, or counties for urban water conservation programs such as a revolving loan fund? Grants?  Bonds?  Appropriations?

    Colorado Water Conservation Board Water Efficiency Grants
      
  17. Does the state offer technical assistance for urban water conservation programs? 

    Yes.  CWCB has one full time staff dedicated to technical assistance.
      
  18. Does the state require volumetric billing?

    No
     
      
  19. What percentage or number of publicly supplied water connections (residential and nonresidential) are metered in your state?
     
     
  20. Does the state provide statewide ET microclimate information for urban landscapes?  

    No 

Additional Information: 
 

Water-smart Homes Option
 
CWCB Water Conservation Plan Development Guidance Document