We invite you to
make a pledge:
embrace a little less.
Water, that is.

Water is a limited and valuable resource that we can’t afford to waste.  

You see, water conservation works best when we all do our part. By making a few simple changes, we can make a big difference. The result is smarter, more efficient usage in your home and our community.

Don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place. The H2Own It initiative is led by the conservation nonprofit Resource Central and supported by community leaders across Colorado. We have the tools and ideas to help you to rethink your water use.

Water you waiting for?
Keep scrolling to see how you can
conserve at home.

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Inside

Get a check-up.

Sign up for a free indoor (and outdoor) water consultation by clicking here or calling 303-999-3824. Learn more

Swap your showerhead.

A WaterSense showerhead can reduce a your family’s water use by 2,900 gallons a year, and still provides great water pressure. Learn more

Is your toilet running?

Better catch it! But really, put a few drops of food color in your toilet tank and wait 10 minutes. If it seeps into your toilet bowl, you have a leak, which can waste 150+ gallons every day. Learn more

Don't rinse.

If you have a newer dishwasher, you may not need to rinse your dishes beforehand. Just wipe your dishes in the sink with a damp sponge and clean the sponge when you're done.

Defrost food in the fridge.

Using running water to defrost food? You could be wasting 50-150 gallons a month.

Outside

Don’t overspray.

Adjust sprinklers to reduce overspray on sidewalks, driveways, and paved areas.

Mulch more.

Add a 2-3” layer of mulch around your trees and plants. Mulch helps reduce evaporation and can save hundreds of gallons of water a month. Learn more

Water, rest, repeat.

Only apply as much water as your yard can absorb. When you do water, use the Cycle and Soak method: break watering times into 3 short cycles, allowing an hour of soak time between. Learn more

Unearth your turf.

Replace a portion of your yard with low-water flowers or landscaping. Try xeric plants, they can reduce your outdoor water use by 60%! Learn more

Be cool.

Water your yard during cooler hours (like morning or early evening), and avoid watering on windy days.

FAQs

  • H2Own It is an initiative led by Resource Central, an innovative nonprofit dedicated to helping people save water, reduce waste, and conserve energy. With 40+ years of experience, we’ve helped nearly 500,000 families conserve natural resources and save money. We’re proud to partner with the Walton Family Foundation on our continued mission to conserve water in Colorado.

  • You can make a huge difference with a few small changes. Start by signing up below to receive a home water efficiency checklist, as well as a list of local programs and resources. Bonus: when you sign up, you could win a prize that’ll help you H2Own It at home, like a water-saving garden kit or a high-efficiency toilet.

  • A lot of our water comes from Colorado mountain snow. As the snow melts, it flows into streams, rivers, lakes, groundwater, and reservoirs — feeding water supplies throughout the West. Given the recent dry conditions and low snowpack, future water levels will take a hit. By taking control of our water use today, we can help keep more water in rivers while protecting our future needs.

  • Water is a finite and valuable resource we can’t afford to waste — especially since Colorado’s population is expected to double by 2050. At current usage rates, our water supply won’t keep up with future populations. That means we must be more efficient today to ensure enough water for local families, healthy rivers, and to preserve the Colorado we love.

  • Great question! There are so many ways to save even more water, like setting up a rain barrel or taking shorter showers. You can also turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth or place a bucket in your shower to collect water as your shower heats up (this is great water for outdoor use). If you’re dedicated to your sprinkler system, upgrade to high-efficiency rotary nozzles and make sure you Cycle & Soak!