Sustainable Arvada - Water
This measure tracks the effectiveness of the City’s water conservation programs. The City is currently working in partnership with the Center for ReSource Conservation and the Citizen Sustainability Committee to develop cost-effective programs to promote and measure water conservation. The measurement is based on annual water production through the water treatment plants divided by the city population.
This strategic result focuses on reducing water usage by the community, on a per capita basis, from 148 gallons per person per day in 2007 to 139 gallons per person per day (5 year running average). Per capita water use is calculated by dividing the gallons of water produced at the water treatment plants by Arvada's population. Per capita water usage is unique to each municipality or water district.
Water as a natural resource must be conserved. City Council and City staff are dedicated to providing education regarding water usage and other conservation programs as they become available to assist citizens and businesses use less water.
Water usage has declined from a 5-year average of 146 gallons per person per day to a 5-year average of 136 gallons per person per day.
About 1/2 of all water is used indoors, and the other 1/2 on outdoor landscape. Indoor conservation is dependent on making appliances such as toilets, washing machines and dish washers more efficient. The US EPA is working with manufacturers on making appliances more water and energy efficient through its Water Sense program.
Outdoor water conservation is the area where the City is focusing its attention and efforts. The City has partnered with the Center for Resource Conservation to offer several programs, most recently Garden-in-a-Box and Landscape Consultations. These programs will continue for the next few years.
Data is gathered via City water billing and City population count.