Water Conservation

"we never know the worth of water till the well is dry"

-Thomas Fuller - Gnomologia - 1732



               Indoor Water Use Chart                

FYI - *A typical home with water efficient fixtures can save approximately 30,000 gallons of water per year.*

*Chart courtesy of Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority.

Voluntary Water Conservation Tips

-Water grass/landscapes early in the morning or late in the evening to prevent water lost to evaporation.

-Water deeply and less frequently to encourage healthy root growth.

-Consider installing drip irrigation for lanscapes.

-Use a broom or rake to clean hard surfaces instead of water.

-Ensure your washing machine and dishwasher are full to capacity before running the load.

 2008 Water Conservation Plan

 The PAWSD Board of Directors adopted the updated 2008 Water Conservation Plan and Drought Management Plan on October 14, 2008. The Plan was approved by the State in December 2008.

Click HERE to read or download the Water Conservation Plan

Click HERE to read or download the Drought Management Plan


Watershed Protection

Located at the headwaters of the San Juan Basin and Stollsteimer Creek watersheds, the PAWSD service area enjoys some of the cleanest naturally-occuring water in the state, uncontaminated by upstream wastewater discharge, industrial pollution, energy and mineral extraction activities or mine tailings. 

It’s your watershed, please help us protect it.

You may be asking, what is a watershed? Well, it is exactly what the name implies. A watershed is defined as an area of land where the majority of the water drains into the nearby streams, rivers or creeks. It is similar to a large catch basin. As development and growth continue to affect our area, protection will be paramount in the preservation of this natural resource.

PAWSD has completed a Source Water Protection Plan and an Emergency Response Plan that will address protection needs and mechanisms to continue to insure safe, secure, clean sources of water.

 Water Quality Information:

Cross Connection Control (Backflow Prevention) Program

Consumer Confidence Report (Annual Water Quality Report)

Source Water Protection Plan 

American Water Works Association

Keep It Clean Brochure (from the WASH Partnership)

Colorado Division of Water Resources

USGS Real Time San Juan River Flows in Downtown Pagosa Springs

Water Information Program

Water Environment Federation


Phone: 970-731-2691 email: info@pawsd.org
2003 - 2018 PAWSD. All Rights Reserved.