There are two ways we get our water: precipitation and underground. Located in a semi-arid climate, Colorado's annual average precipitation rests at 15 inches with almost all of that falling as snow. Precipitation then collects in watershed systems and is measured in acre feet as it rages through our rivers. Our rivers generate an astounding 16 million acre feet of water per year!
From that, two-thirds of our water is then contracted to other states with 86 percent of the remaining being used for agriculture, 3 percent for recreation and 2 percent for industrial use. The approximate 10 percent is in our direct control, and though we don't decide how much it rains or snows, we do have control over how much we use, in our households and on a day-to-day basis.
How do I read my water meter?
To manage water costs, homeowners must be proactive and manage water consumption, first understanding their usage. The City reads each water meter 12 times per year. As of 2004, during the irrigation season, each meter will be read every four weeks. In most residences the meter is either in the basement, crawl space, or meter pit, with a remote readout on the house or in the yard.
To learn how to read your meter, go here.
Slow the Flow
As Louisville residents, you are eligible for various services and events hosted by Resource Central, including outdoor irrigation assessments, indoor water use consultation and outdoor sprinkler inspections.
Find out more about each program here.