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.

The goal of developing a citywide water strategy was identified in the Comprehensive Plan 2040 and the three-year Denveright outreach and planning effort.

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

The partnership between the City and County of Denver, Denver Water, Mile High Flood District, Metro Wastewater Reclamation District, 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 will promote healthy watersheds in an equitable, economically, and environmentally beneficial manner.

Developing this framework for sustainable water management is funded in part by a grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board. The planning process began in spring of 2020 and is anticipated to be complete by summer 2021.

Documents

Following more than a year of planning and community input, an unprecedented coalition of local water resource agencies has developed a draft of Denver first One Water Plan.  The public review and comment period closed on August 2, 2021.

As part of the Denver One Water planning effort, a survey was conducted to better understand community perspectives. Nearly 800 people completed the survey from November 20, 2020, through February 1, 2021. A summary of results can be found 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. 

Denver One Water Plan water cycle