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Fort Collins Utilities is an equal opportunity residential and commercial utility service provider. We do not discriminate in the terms, conditions or provision of services based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin.


Fort Collins Utilities es una empresa proveedora de servicios públicos residenciales y comerciales con igualdad de oportunidad. No discriminamos en los términos, las condiciones o la provisión de servicios en base a raza, color, religión, sexo, discapacidad, estatus familiar o nacionalidad de origen.

Water Catcher Award


  • Installing a low-flow showerhead is a great way to save water.

Water Catchers is a new award program to recognize efforts to conserve water in our community. Water Catchers are Fort Collins Utilities water customers who have accomplished significant water savings through innovative conservation methods.

Fort Collins Utilities congratulates winners of the 2013 Water Catcher Award.

In its inaugural year, one resident and two businesses received the Water Catcher Award at the Business Innovation Fair on November 20, 2013.

Nominations for 2014 awards will begin in January.

Business Award
Mountain Crest Behavioral Healthcare Center
Water restrictions in early spring led the facility manager of Mountain Crest to rethink its irrigation system. By starting the watering season later and updating to more efficient sprinkler equipment, Mountain Crest was able to save over 650,000 gallons a month, saving 60% over last summer.

Small Business Award
Brendle Group
The Brendle Group has set a goal of achieving net zero water use in its downtown Fort Collins building by 2020. They expect to reduce water use by 40,000 gallons annually through various efficiency measures. If Brendle Group achieves net zero water status, they could see a reduction of 70,000 gallons annually. Net zero water is a new and innovative concept being piloted at Brendle Group with the support of the Colorado Water Innovation Cluster.

Residential Award
Joel Shippy
Joel installed efficient showerheads and aerators throughout his house. He also maintains pipes by checking for leaks and fixing them immediately. Based on these behavioral changes in his single-family home, Joe saved approximately 1,000 gallons a month.

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