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Water Conservation

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Summer is finally here!  Click below to check out the 2018 Water Smart Planting Guide for tips on landscaping and information about our outdoor rebate program!   

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Water in Bozeman: The Big Picture

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Perched at the headwaters of the Missouri River Basin, Bozeman enjoys extremely high-quality water, almost straight from the source.

2017 COB WC Drought Icons BLUE-01 (Custom) Although our water is high quality, quantity is limited.  With only 16 inches of average precipitation annually, Bozeman's considered semi-arid and drought-prone. 

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Bozeman relies on snowpack for its water supply. 80% of our city's water comes from snowmelt in the Gallatin Range which feeds Sourdough Creek and Hyalite Reservior. The other 20% comes from a developed spring at the headwaters of Lyman Creek. 
2017 COB WC Drought Icons BLUE-03 (Custom) But, with shifting climate patterns, our water supplies are likely to become less reliable. In the future, more moisture is expected to arrive as rain instead of snow. On top of that, warmer temperatures will lead to earlier peak flows and drier summers. 
2017 COB WC Drought Icons BLUE-04 (Custom) Plus, Bozeman is booming; growing at a rate far above the national average. More people will need more water, and eventually these supplies won't be enough.
2017 COB WC Drought Icons BLUE-05 (Custom) In fact, Bozeman could be facing a water shortage in the next 20 years. The City has identified water conservation as the single largest source of water for Bozeman's future.
2017 COB WC Drought Icons BLUE-06 (Custom) Water conservation creates additional supplies by reducing water used in and around homes and businesses.
2017 COB WC Drought Icons BLUE-07 (Custom) It's the cheapest, most expedient and environmentally friendly way to thrive through drought, and to ensure a reliable water supply for the future.

Here's a few things you can do to help!

  • Participate in the City of Bozeman's rebate programs
  • Only run the dishwasher and clothes washer when they are full
  • Take shorter showers
  • Use a hose nozzle
  • Turn the water off when brushing your teeth
  • Install low water use plants in your landscape
  • Fix leaks! Leaks account 13% of water used in homes! Most leaks can be fixed yourself

By using the rebates and resources on this website, you’ll help save water for current and future needs, save money, preserve the environment and delay or eliminate the need for costly new sources of water and infrastructure upgrades.