Water in Bozeman: The Big Picture
Perched at the headwaters of the Missouri River Basin, Bozeman enjoys extremely high-quality water, almost straight from the source.
|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.|
|Bozeman relies on snowpack for its water supply. 80% of our city's water comes from snowmelt in the Hyalite Range which feeds Sourdough Creek and Hyalite Reservior. The other 20% comes from a developed spring at the headwaters of Lyman Creek.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Water conservation creates additional supplies by reducing water used in and around homes and businesses.|
|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.