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Boulder Water Supply and Planning
What You Need to Know
Like most Colorado communities, Boulder depends on stored water during most of the year. High streamflows and runoff from melting snowpack only occurs during a few spring and summer months.The runoff from snowmelt is captured in a series of reservoirs. The amount of water that is available for community use varies from year-to-year, depending on the snowpack in the surrounding mountains.
The Water Conservation Program’s goal is to work with residents and businesses to conserve water, both indoors and outdoors. The program offers a variety of different services to help manage water use in and around the City of Boulder. The efficient use of water helps decrease water bills and supports a sustainable community.
Drinking Water Background
The City of Boulder is fortunate to have several high quality water sources including the reservoirs and streams in North Boulder and Middle Boulder Creek Watersheds, and diversions from the upper Colorado River via Carter Lake and Boulder Reservoir. Integrating watershed and water quality monitoring with source water protection and drinking water treatment help to ensure that Boulder’s residents and commuters receive high quality drinking water. Every year, more than 25,000 drinking water quality tests are performed to ensure Boulder’s water meets or exceeds all federal and state drinking water regulations and to solve any potential problems quickly. The city has also established drinking water quality goals that are more restrictive than regulations require.