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Close crawl space vents and cover the crawl space floor with plastic (at least 6-mil) to reduce soil moisture.

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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 Efficiency Plan


The Water Efficiency Plan (PDF 2.8MB) is an update to the Water Conservation Plan (PDF 1.1MB) approved by the Colorado Water Conservation Board in 2010. The State mandates a plan is updated at least every seven years. This Plan, to be submitted in 2017, outlines our water efficiency goal and our approaches to increasing water efficiency.

The 2010 Plan set a goal of 140 gallons per capita per day (gpcd) by the year 2020. The updated Plan proposes a new goal of 130 gpcd by 2030. The gpcd in 2014 was 143, a 28 percent decrease from the 2001 level of 198 gpcd. (All numbers normalized to account for weather.)

Read the complete current draft of the Water Efficiency Plan (PDF 2.8MB). Or click on an Area of Opportunity below for more details on areas we identified as opportunities to increase our community’s water efficiency.

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Areas of Opportunity

We have identified five key areas of opportunity for greater water efficiency. We believe these areas encompass a promising collection of activities that will benefit our community and support a more sustainable future.

Click on an area of opportunity for more details.

1. Leverage Advanced Meter Fort Collins data and capabilities
Empower customers by connecting them to their water use data to increase awareness and understanding. Utilize the AMFC system to enable previously impossible programs.

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2. Promote and support greater outdoor water efficiency
Encourage water efficient landscape choices and proper outdoor watering that reflect our semi-arid region. Outdoor watering accounts for nearly 60 percent of total use during peak summer months.

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3. Encourage greater integration of water efficiency into land use planning and building codes
Expand incentives and increase water efficiency requirements for newly developed and re-developed properties.

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4. Expand commercial and industrial sector strategies
Cultivate commercial water efficiency projects through tailored outreach and custom incentives.

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5. Increase community water literacy
Educate the community about where our water comes from and how it is used. Cultivate a community that is knowledgeable about its natural resources and makes choices that support a more sustainable future.

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