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 87% being at least abnormally dry). The map featured above shows the drought conditions on August 30.

Keep the following in mind when it comes to maintaining your landscape in Colorado’s arid climate.

Xeriscape gardens and landscapes conserve water while saving you money! While Fall is the perfect time of year to aerate and fertilize your lawn, it’s also an ideal time to start a xeriscape garden or lawn. Landscapes can require 50% of the water used for home consumption. Transforming your lawn can save you 30% to 80% on your water bill.

Summer Watering Rules are in effect until October 1st. Colorado’s climate is warming, and it’s more important than ever to use water efficiently. The watering rules incorporate best practices for efficient outdoor water use that will help keep your landscape healthy.

As of August 29, cumulative precipitation in the Colorado River watershed was tracking at 108% of average and the South Platte River watershed was tracking at 101% of average. 

Denver Water’s supply reservoir contents as of August 29 are represented in the table below. Reservoir totals are 90% full and were 92% 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.