Are You Water Wise?

Oberon lake during drought year, exposed shoreline

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, in August of 2020, a whopping 94% of our state — home to 4.2 million Coloradans — was classified as being in moderate to extreme drought. But this doesn’t count the countless species of wildlife and plants that also need water to survive in our dry climate. 

With so little water available, everyone needs to use water wisely to save our recreational water sources, household water for communities downstream, and water for habitats and ecosystems in our parks and open spaces. 

Using less water is important, but it’s also important to make sure that what little water we have stays clean! Being water wise means using water efficiently, recycling water for things like plants or your lawn, and preventing water pollution. Download our checklist to see how water wise is your home.

You can also book free water educational programs for your Arvada-based learning pod or class! This 1 hour program meets several Colorado state science standards and is available for 3-5 grade students. Visit the schools & groups page for more details and to request a program today. 

Every little step towards becoming water wise is a step towards making our community and our nature spaces a place for all to enjoy. See how much you already understand water with this crossword puzzle (answers below).

blank cross word puzzle-water wise

ACROSS
2. A kind of precipitation.
5. A dry condition from not having enough water.
7. Using less water in order to save it for future use.
9. A type of habitat that is saturated with water. Examples are marshes or swamps.

DOWN
1. Too Much water all at once will cause this.
2. When everyone uses a smaller, fixed amount of water instead of the usual amount of water.
3. An are of land that separates waters flowing to different rivers, basins or seas.
4. A body of water held by a dam. This is one way to store water.
6. Kind of man-made ditch that carries water from place to place.
8. Another name for a watershed is a drainage ____.

You can also see how water-wise your household is by figuring our your water footprint. How much water does your family use compared to the US Average? Find your water footprint online and see if there are other ways for you to save water. 

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