GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Colorado has been declared drought-free after a wet winter and spring, but that doesn't mean water conservation should take a back seat.
During the month of July, several agencies are taking part in a public awareness campaign to promote smart and efficient water use. Because of the heat of the summer, July is considered peak season for water providers. It’s when a surge in water use happens.
Those water agencies, like Ute Water, talk about the social, economic, and environmental benefits of efficient irrigation, as part of the campaign.
"It's amazing. There is all this technology for irrigation systems and pumps and things like that. Part of this campaign is making folks aware of these really affordable technologies out there, and it's very accurate and helps reduce waste," Andrea Lopez, Ute Water Conservancy District, said.
Nearly 80% of Colorado's water is used for outdoors and for agriculture. Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed July as Smart Irrigation Month.