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Ensure programmable thermostats are programmed correctly. Install a locking cover to prevent tampering.

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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 by the light of the moon.

Watering Tips

Half of a home's annual water usage typically goes to lawn watering. Use less water and maintain a healthy, attractive lawn with these tips.

  • Water only when grass turns a dull, grey-green color and footprints remain. After a rain, skip watering until the grass dries.
  • Bluegrass lawns generally require 1" - 1.5" of water per week, depending on the weather. Most shrubs and trees require less water than bluegrass, so water them separately.
  • Water no more than every third day so the grass develops deeper roots and uses moisture deep in the ground.
  • Water between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. when wind and evaporation are minimal.
  • Follow Utilities' daily Lawn Watering Guide.
  • If you have an existing sprinkler system, sign up for a free audit.

Recommended Watering Times


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Download the Water-Wise Lawn Care guidebook (PDF)