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Water Use

sprinkler headDenver Water analyzes how customers use water now and how that use may change in the future. By researching customer water-use patterns, we are able to better plan for an adequate supply of clean, reliable water well into the future.

Predicting the future needs for Denver Water's service area depends on growth in population and employment, improvements in water fixture technology, and changes to land use, among other variables.

Water use from year to year is heavily influenced by the weather. About half of single-family residential water use is outdoors, and a hot, dry year can mean customers use more water than usual. Denver Water serves about a quarter of the state's population but uses less than two percent of all water, treated and untreated, in Colorado.

Water use and weather conditions


Average single-family customer's water use

average single family residential water use

Total treated water use by category

retail treated water use

Population growth and customers' water use