Denver One Water Plan

Graphic showing the inter-connected elements of the Denver One Water cycle, including rain, stormwater, surface water, groundwater, recycled water, drinking water, and wastewater.

Denver's first citywide water strategy achieved a critical goal identified in the Denveright Comprehensive Plan 2040.

Development and climate change are putting new stresses on Denver’s water resources. New technologies and tools that facilitate non-traditional water management techniques are quickly evolving. Managing our regional water and land use is challenging, given that multiple agencies are involved in water management, each with unique responsibilities and differing service areas.

The unprecedented partnership between the City and County of Denver, Denver Water, Mile High Flood District, Metro Water Recovery, Greenway Foundation and the Colorado Water Conservation Board will break down the historical silos between drinking water, wastewater, stormwater and other water uses to cooperatively manage the entire water cycle.

Through enhanced collaboration and predictable land use and development policies, Denver’s One Water Plan promotes healthy watersheds in an equitable, economically, and environmentally beneficial manner.

Denver's Urban Water Cycle

Denver's Urban Water Cycle infographic showing flow of water and evaporation cycles


An unprecedented coalition of local water resource agencies has developed Denver's first One Water Plan.  The Final Report is linked below.

Denver One Water Plan – Final Report(PDF, 14MB)

As part of the Denver One Water planning effort, a community survey was completed by nearly 800 people.  A summary of results can be found below.

Community Workshop: Draft Plan Review was held on July 20, 2021 and a recording of the meeting can be seen below

The One Water Advisory Group (OWAG) held Denver One Water Plan Meeting #2 on November 10, 2020 and a meeting presentation can be found below.

The One Water Advisory Group (OWAG) held Denver One Water Plan Meeting #1 on August 27, 2020 and a meeting summary and presentation can be found below.

The first of two community workshops was held October 20, 2020 and a meeting presentation, meeting summary and video can be found below.