News Flash

City of Grand Junction News

Posted on: May 10, 2021

City Water Conservation Efforts

Municipal Water Supply sign

The City of Grand Junction is committed to conserving one of our most precious natural resources – water. During a regular meeting of City Council, councilmembers proclaimed May 2-8 Drinking Water Week in the City of Grand Junction. Our citizens are called upon to help practice water conservation and to get involved in local water issues by getting to know their water. With most of western Colorado experiencing drought, the City is working to conserve water by taking several proactive actions.

The Parks & Recreation Department relies heavily on water to ensure that the community’s green infrastructure is healthy. Water conservation is of paramount importance in the management of these community resources in consideration of extreme drought. Therefore, many strategies are applied to conserve water in the over 350 acres of developed parkland. City parks are watered on a 1-2-3-3-2-1 schedule, which corresponds with months in the growing season. This means parks are watered once per week in April, twice per week in May, three times per week in June and so on. This promotes healthier turf with well-developed roots that grow deeper to access water. Time of day is also critical, so watering typically occurs after parks close, lessening the effects of evaporative losses.

Watering is also important for the 37,000 trees in the urban tree canopy. For trees without irrigation systems like in parks, small trees should be watered weekly and large trees biweekly. A healthy and mature tree canopy is important for water conservation and to mitigate the impacts of the urban heat island effect.

Parks & Recreation also converts water intensive landscaping to xeric and native landscaping when appropriate. These changes highlight the natural beauty of our landscape and use less water. For example, the recent renovation of the 5th Street interchange median includes water-wise native landscaping. Throughout the city, other water-intensive, non-native plant life is being replaced with low water demanding native plants. Current and future park design also seeks to reduce the amount of irrigated turf and several sites for artificial turf are currently being considered.

Reducing water consumption has tremendous environmental and financial benefits. Reducing water use saves taxpayer dollars while simultaneously conserving this natural resource. Due to the drought, the City is not using water in fountains at City Hall, nor in the downtown area. The City is also using raw water instead of municipal water for irrigation purposes. This allows the City to use water for beneficial use, but at a lower cost. For example, the Riverfront properties of Las Colonias and Dos Rios are currently served by a recently constructed raw water line.

Lastly, the City is an active participant in the Drought Response Information Project (DRIP) Committee, a collaborative partnership with Grand Valley water providers that offers public education on water conservation practices across all water use classes (residential, industrial/commercial, and institutional).  DRIP is a key component of the Grand Valley regional Drought Response Plan administered by the City of Grand Junction, Clifton Water District, the Ute Water Conservancy District, and the Town of Palisade. The Drought Response Plan is designed to provide options for consideration when dealing with prolonged drought events that stress water supplies. With the Grand Valley in D3 Extreme Drought at this time, the Drought Response Plan is currently focused on voluntary water conservation. Moving from Voluntary Water Restrictions to Mandatory Water Restrictions will be dependent on several factors to ensure water needs for essential uses are met for all Grand Valley water customers. The City of Grand Junction will continue to monitor storage levels in City reservoirs through Spring runoff. Should levels fall below minimum targets for storage or stream flows for the City or other Grand Valley water providers, water restrictions will become mandatory.

Contact: Greg LeBlanc, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager | 970-244 1557 or

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in City of Grand Junction News

Hangin With Herman Social Graphic October

Hangin' with Herman Returns October 19th

Posted on: October 13, 2021
Report a Concern Map

City Unveils New "Report a Concern" Tool

Posted on: October 12, 2021
River Front Trail Closure Map

River Front Trail Closure and Detour

Posted on: October 7, 2021
Horizon Park

Horizon Park Master Plan Community Meetings

Posted on: September 29, 2021
Coffee With City Manager September

Coffee with the City Manager

Posted on: September 23, 2021
Coffee With Chuck September

Coffee with Chuck Returns September 13th

Posted on: September 7, 2021
Hangin With Herman September

Hangin' with Herman Returns September 10th

Posted on: September 6, 2021
Indoor Swimming Pool

Grand Junction Fall Aquatics

Posted on: September 2, 2021
City Hall exterior

City Receives Favorable Audit Report

Posted on: August 17, 2021
Coffee with City Manager graphic

Coffee with the City Manager

Posted on: August 23, 2021
Coffee With Chuck Social August

Coffee with Chuck

Posted on: August 19, 2021
Hangin With Herman graphic

Hangin' with Herman Returns August 9

Posted on: August 2, 2021
Community Meeting Graphic with dates

Join Us for a Community Meeting!

Posted on: July 22, 2021
Flowers in the foreground of City Hall sign

2022 Annual Budget Learning Sessions

Posted on: July 22, 2021
Shadow Lake

Shadow Lake Fish Relocation

Posted on: July 7, 2021
Hangin With Herman graphic

Hangin' with Herman

Posted on: July 6, 2021
Coffee With Chuck graphic

Coffee with Chuck

Posted on: July 15, 2021
Carson Lake Dam

Carson Lake Dam Rehabilitation

Posted on: July 2, 2021
Woman holding art piece

Take Part in Art

Posted on: June 16, 2021
Crews chip sealing a City road

2021 Street Maintenance Projects

Posted on: June 10, 2021
City Hall exterior with flowers

Fireworks Update

Posted on: June 3, 2021

Lawsuit Addressed by City

Posted on: May 19, 2021

Weed Abatement Public Notice

Posted on: April 28, 2021
Spring cleanup hauler

Spring Cleanup by the Numbers

Posted on: April 26, 2021
City Hall exterior

Passage of Ballot Items 2A & 2B

Posted on: April 7, 2021
Worked removing yard waste for Spring Clean-Up

City Spring Clean-Up Begins April 5

Posted on: March 31, 2021
Las Colonias Skate Park

New Skate Park at Las Colonias

Posted on: March 12, 2021
River Front Trail Detour Map

Riverfront Trail Closure & Detour

Posted on: February 25, 2021
Shadow Lake

Shadow Lake Fish Health

Posted on: February 19, 2021
Aerial view of houses

2021 CDBG Program Year Applications Open

Posted on: February 10, 2021
Rood Avenue

Traffic Alert for 4th & Rood

Posted on: February 10, 2021

City Partners on Housing Needs Survey

Posted on: February 4, 2021
Council Chambers

City Council Candidates Announced

Posted on: January 26, 2021
Riverfront Trail Detour Route map

Riverfront Trail Closure

Posted on: January 7, 2021

City Maintains High Grade Credit Rating

Posted on: December 15, 2020
City Council seated at dais

City Council Adopts 2021 Budget

Posted on: December 3, 2020
Sewer cap

City Responds to Sanitary Sewer Spill

Posted on: December 2, 2020
Hale Avenue Closure Map

Hale Avenue Closure

Posted on: December 2, 2020
Dixson Park

Dixson Park Access Changes

Posted on: November 23, 2020
Cooking Oil recycling site

Holiday Grease Recycling Program

Posted on: November 23, 2020