US (CO): Grand Valley businesses conserve water any way they can

The drought in Colorado and on Western Slope isn't going away, and some businesses are doing what they can to conserve water.

The Drought Response Information Project, or DRIP, came up with an award that recognizes local businesses for conserving water. Sprigs and Sprouts got the first award Tuesday, but they're not the only ones conserving water around the Valley.

Sprigs and Sprouts are known for their lavender, and its sweet scent drifts down Highway 6. They grow other crops like tomatoes too, which are a good thing to grow right now. Tomatoes are a fairly drought-resistant crop.

"I think we try to do everything to conserve water," said Ruth Elkins, co-owner of Sprigs and Sprouts.

They use a fabric and plastic that covers the ground and keeps moisture in the soil for longer. They’ve also kept to a strict watering schedule.

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