Big Sky Water Conservation

Conserving water is vital to the health of the Gallatin River. Big Sky is drought-prone, receiving less than 20 inches of precipitation each year. Keeping water in the river sustains a healthy fishery, benefits river recreation, and serves our community and our neighbors downstream.

Big Sky Water Conservation is one of only two programs in Montana that seeks to inspire community members to engage in practices that save water, both at home and work. By partnering with major water managers, homeowners’ associations, property managers, developers, and other influential organizations, the Gallatin River Task Force is promoting water conservation in Big Sky.

Every drop of water saved is one that remains in the river!


The Program

Big Sky strives to be a model mountain community by protecting and improving water resources, sustaining the ecological health of the watersheds, and supporting a vibrant local economy.

Indoor Rebates

The Task Force offers rebates to Big Sky residents that prioritize water conservation in their homes by installing water-efficient toilets, shower heads, and clothes washers. Learn more.

Outdoor Rebates

Residents receive rebates by installing weather-based smart controllers, rain sensors, sprinkler heads and nozzles, and performing spring outdoor audits / system checkups. Learn more.

Trout-Friendly Landscapes

Pledge your support for water conservation by certifying your trout-friendly landscape while protecting the health of the Gallatin River, native pollinators, and native trout. Learn more.

Water-Wise Resources


Big Sky’s skyrocketing summer water use is not a trend we can sustain into the future. The Task Force produced the Big Sky Water Wise Landscape Guide to encourage practical strategies that save water outdoors. These recommendations will help residential and commercial property owners realize significant savings in money, water, and time while creating beautiful landscapes that are suitable to the local environment. 

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Partners and Contributors