According to drought.gov, the entire state of Colorado is in a drought, and Summit County is in an extreme drought, just one level below the highest category. Conserving water is crucial for both short-term water availability as well as long-term.
In the short-term, using less water means money saved on water bills and more water will be accessible downstream both for human use and for the ecosystems the water travels through.
Long-term, the more water that is drawn from its source, the less the natural water cycle has to make clouds, cause rain, and replenish groundwater. All of these factors lead into drought which exacerbates wildfires which requires more water to extinguish them, further perpetuating the cycle.
High Country Conservation Center offers a water conservation program known as Tame the Tap, which is free to Breckenridge residents. A trained technician will inspect your toilet for leaks, measure water-use in your home, install on-the-spot simple fixes and provide you with a custom water-use report. They have COVID-19 safety measures in place to ensure the health and safety of their participants. Sign up here to Tame your Tap!