Water Conservation

Water is essential to living, working, and playing in Aspen. Our goal is to help community members become stewards of our shared resource by saving water at home and work.

This May, the City of Aspen enacted a Stage 1 Water Shortage. This means the City will take mandatory conservation measures, water rates increase for the highest water use customers, and, as always, we ask the community to join us in water conservation across town.

What’s Your WaterMark?

Aspen’s water is precious, so is your time. That’s why we have created this quick and easy conservation guide. Reach out to Ryland if interested in taking action.

Do You Irrigate?

Yes, I irrigate at my home or business:

  • Water one less day per week, if you are already watering 5 or more days.
  • Fix broken sprinklers, and avoid watering sidewalks or driveways.
  • Talk about water conservation with your neighbors and friends. 
  • Get a free water efficiency assessment for your irrigation system. Aspen Water customers that have significant irrigation demands are prioritized for this limited number of free assessments. That includes customers with total water consumption of 29,500 gallons/month or higher in the months of June-September. We wish to celebrate and serve all customers who want to conserve with resources in our water conservation email newsletter:

No, I do not irrigate at my home or business:

  • Replace old or broken faucets and showerheads with high-efficiency ones (contact Ryland for free, water efficient fixtures).
  • Only run the dishwasher or washing machine with a full load.
  • Contact your HOA or management company to encourage them to conserve.

Business-specific Actions:

  • Ice machines and cooling towers are two common sources of excessive water use. Equipment upgrades and improved management practices can lead to major water savings.
  • Be mindful of the example your business sets for the public. Limit washing sidewalks and vehicles, or using excessive or poorly managed irrigation.
  • Talk about water conservation with other business owners and your customers.

Want to do more?

  • Explore xeriscaping, native and water-wise planting, and voluntarily follow the steps in the City's Landscape Ordinance
  • Contact Grace Lodge (grace.lodge@cityofaspen.com) to build a water conservation coalition in your industry, on your block, or across the community.
  • Install a new water meter with real-time water usage data and leak detection. City of Aspen Water customers can contact us via email for more information.