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Water Supply and Conservation

The DRBC employs a comprehensive water conservation program, which has become an integral component of its broader strategy to manage water supplies throughout the basin. A core principle of this program is that water efficiency should be practiced at all times, not just during drought. Reducing water use not only provides significant economic and environmental benefits, but can help avoid or delay the imposition of drought declarations.

DRBC works to ensure that its regulations reflect the latest thinking in the field of water conservation. Key components of DRBC's water conservation strategy include the following:

  • Basin Water Use - staff look at water use in the basin as part of its water supply planning efforts to ensure that there is ample flow and supply to meet current and future demand, as well as during extreme conditions (for example, drought) 
  • Water Conservation Program - over the years, the commission has passed numerous resolutions focused on water efficiency
  • Water Audit Program - the commission requires water purveyors to identify and control water loss in their systems
  • Water Charging Program - the commission charges certain entities for the amount of water they use to help support water supply storage in the basin

In order to meet the needs of present and future populations and ensure that ecosystems are protected, DRBC understands that water resources must be properly managed, efficiently utilized, and responsibly conserved.