Water is a precious resource in limited supply. As the population of Colorado continues to grow, we must ensure we are doing everything we can to protect this resource we cannot live without. There are two ways everyone can help: the first is to protect our waters to keep them clean for consumption and safe for recreational use.  

drains to creekHere are a few important steps everyone can take to protect water:

  • Send only rain to the storm drain
  • Do not dispose of chemicals down any drain
  • Clean up after your pets, and do not litter
  • ​Immediately report spills or leaks

The second way everyone can help is by conserving water in your home and at your place of work. Take the pledge to conserve and protect Colorado water.

State and federal agencies task the office of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) at CU Boulder with ensuring everyone on campus does their part to keep our water clean by preventing chemical waste and other pollutants from being disposed of into storm drains and sanitary sewer lines.

As a large, eco-conscious community at CU Boulder, we have the great opportunity to become educated and work together to reduce our impact on stormwater. Small amounts of contaminants from all over the landscape add up to cause pollution in our water. It is important to remember even the little things matter. You will make a difference, no matter how small, if you can adopt simple habits and change the way you look at water quality.

Visit the EH&S stormwater guidelines site to find information about the regulatory requirements everyone at CU Boulder must follow to protect our waterways. You can also contact EH&S at 303-492-6025 or ehs@colorado.edu for advice about how to properly dispose of materials and keep our water systems free from pollutants.