Energy and water are inextricably linked: Colorado’s water utilities use energy to pump, treat, and distribute potable water; customers use energy to heat, cool, and/or pressurize water; and wastewater utilities use energy to treat and discharge wastewater. By conserving water, water utilities and customers can save energy.
Equally important, energy and water savings translate into direct savings on customers’ energy and water bills. Water conservation represents an important – and as of yet, underutilized – opportunity to attain substantial energy savings. Water conservation is consistent with the overarching goals of the New Energy Economy, and is an important component of moving Colorado towards a more sustainable future.