Drought in Colorado

Summer Watering Rules and Drought Status

Drought Monitor Legend

According to the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), 14% of the state is currently experiencing some level of drought with 13% in the Moderate Drought category, and 15.4% of Colorado is Abnormally Dry. The map featured above shows the drought conditions on August 29.

As of August 28, cumulative precipitation in the Colorado River watershed was tracking at 100% of average and the South Platte River watershed was tracking at 93% of average.

Denver Water’s supply reservoir contents as of May 30 are represented in the table below.
ReservoirPercent Full: CurrentPercent Full: Historical Median
Eleven Mile102%102%
Strontia Springs87%94%
Meadow Creek0%12%


The district will continue to work with Denver Water on monitoring the watersheds and will provide updates to our customers through our website and social media channels.

Denver Water’s Summer Watering Rules are in effect until October 1.