drought in Colorado

Drought Status

According to the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), 46% of the state is currently experiencing some level of drought (with 85% being at least abnormally dry). The map featured above shows the drought conditions on September 27.

October is the perfect time to prepare your landscape and irrigation system for the cold months ahead.

Winterize your sprinkler system. Typically around this time of year, the district responds to several service calls for frozen/busted irrigation lines.

Fall lawn care pays off! Raking and aerating your lawn can make a big difference in your landscape come springtime.

Summer Watering Rules ended October 1st. With cooler weather, your landscape doesn’t really need extra water.

As of October 3, cumulative precipitation in the Colorado River watershed was tracking at 150% of average and the South Platte River watershed was tracking at 93% of average. 

Denver Water’s supply reservoir contents as of October 3 are represented in the table below. Reservoir totals are 87% full and were 88% full this time last year.


ReservoirPercent Full: CurrentPercent Full: Historical Median
Eleven Mile102%102%
Strontia Springs102%93%
Meadow Creek9%35%

The district will continue to work with Denver Water on monitoring the watersheds and will provide updates to our customers through our website and social media channels.