October 16, 2017
Interview with Stacy Chesney
This blog post and video are part of the ongoing series for Water Line: A Creative Exchange. CVA interviewed Stacy Chesney, Manager of Media Communication at Denver Water.
Recently the Water Trailer parked in CVA’s lot to give art walk guests fresh, clean, cold drinking water from Denver Water. Guests learned about the source of Denver’s water in conjunction with Water Line: A Creative Exchange which examines the loaded issue of water, and promotes stewardship, advocacy and activism through the work of contemporary artists. This community resource provided by Denver Water served as a catalyst for the conversation around conservation with Stacy Chesney, the Manager of Mida Communications at Denver Water.
Nearly all of Denver’s water comes from mountain snowmelt, the city is also first in line to use water from this source. Dillon reservoir accounts for 37% of Denver’s total capacity for water, other watersheds include the South Platte River, Blue River, Williams Fork River and Fraser River. In total Denver Water’s collection system covers about 4,000 square miles, or 2.5 million acres, and extends into eight counties. As a citizen and consumer what can you do to help protect these watersheds and reduce our consumption?
Outdoor watering consumes the most water in a Single Family Home in Denver. Second is the toilet, followed by the shower and washing machine. Denver Water offers a rebate for WaterSense-Labeled toilets and self-audit forms to evaluate how much water is being used in your Bathroom, Kitchen, and Laundry rooms. Also following the Summer Watering Rules can be a great way to change your habits and reduce the amount of water used on landscaping. Denver Water also offers a rebate for customers who have a WaterSense-labeled smart sprinkler system controller and up to a $3 rebate per sprinkler head for rotary/high-efficiency sprinkler nozzles. Following the Summer Watering Rules and auditing your home is a great way to reduce the amount of water used in your home. Reducing your personal consumption and the consumption of your home helps protect watersheds by reducing demand for water as the city's population continues to grow and the overall demand increases. Learn more about Denver Water on their new website TAP.