Municipal Drought Response

In June 2020, Governor Polis activated Phase 2 of the State's Drought Mitigation and Response Plan (PDF) which initiated the Drought Task Force and the Agricultural Impact Task Force.

On November 30th, 2020, Governor Polis expanded activation to Phase 3 of the State Drought Plan and enacted the Municipal Water Task Force. The objective of this task force is to coordinate with over 700 water providers across the state to prepare for anticipated drought-related challenges in 2021. The task force is co-chaired by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and Colorado Water Conservation Board.

To explore current conditions

In June 2020, Governor Polis activated Phase 2 of the State's Drought Mitigation and Response Plan (PDF) which initiated the Drought Task Force and the Agricultural Impact Task Force.

On November 30th, 2020, Governor Polis expanded activation to Phase 3 of the State Drought Plan and enacted the Municipal Water Task Force. The objective of this task force is to coordinate with over 700 water providers across the state to prepare for anticipated drought-related challenges in 2021. The task force is co-chaired by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and Colorado Water Conservation Board.

To explore current conditions and active watering restrictions, visit the CWCB drought app, the US Drought Monitor for Colorado, or for more detail, the Colorado Climate Center's outlook maps.

  • TAKE THE DROUGHT NEEDS SURVEY: Help identify water provider needs and anticipated impacts

    12 Jan 2021
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    With over 700 community water providers in Colorado, the water provider needs survey offers an opportunity for input on how to best focus the efforts of the Municipal Water Task Force. Water providers and interested parties are invited to share concerns related to drought planning and associated impacts from fire, COVID-19, and other compounding issues. Survey results will be shared with the Task Force and will be used to support statewide drought coordination.


    THIS SURVEY CLOSED ON JAN. 26th. We received 121 responses statewide (marked on map above). Responses will be reviewed and inform the Municipal Water Task Force on Feb. 3rd.


  • Municipal Water Task Force Activated

    18 Dec 2020

    On November 30th, 2020, Governor Polis declared Phase 3 of the State Drought Plan and enacted the Municipal Water Task Force. The task force's objective is to coordinate with water providers to prepare for anticipated drought-related challenges in 2021.