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What Legos, Post-it notes and yarn have to do with the value of water

You can’t make this stuff, so please use only what you need.
Knitting makes up this spigot and water to say, “You can’t make this stuff, so please use only what you need.”

Coloradans really do get it: Water is a scarce resource in the West — and in the world.

They get it even if they don’t know the numbers, which are pretty staggering: While 70 percent of the earth is water, less than 4 percent is fresh water. And less than 1 percent of all the world’s fresh water is available to complete the journey of water for use in our communities.

We can’t make more of this critical, natural resource. But we can use it wisely.

Nine years ago, Denver Water committed to an ambitious conservation goal and began talking with our customers about the value of water through innovative conservation programs and campaigns urging people to Use Only What You Need. Like California today, we were a community on the tail end of a serious drought that had threatened the health of our cities, environment and water supply for future generations.

We didn’t know what the result would be, but our customers responded in ways that exceeded anyone’s expectations. Denver Water customers have become leaders in creating a culture of water conservation in our dry Western climate. We still face serious challenges, but we have a foundation of success to build upon.

This year, Denver Water is featuring 10 one-of-a-kind art installments to remind us that water’s presence in our world is the work of Mother Nature.

Displayed in bus shelters across our service area, each handcrafted work offers a beautiful representation of water, using wood, Legos, yarn, thread, molding clay, recycled aluminum cans, colored pencils and Post-it notes.

Much in the way we each experience art, our connection to water is personal, and so is this year’s call to action: You can’t make this stuff, so please use only what you need.

We invite you to check out the artwork installations, on display through Aug. 30, which you can find on the interactive map in this virtual tour:


And if you’re so inclined, use the comment box below to tell us more about your own personal relationship with water and the ways you’re using it more efficiently.