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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 Quality after Fire


  • Helicopters drop wood mulch on the burn area.

Since a lightning strike ignited the High Park Fire on June 9, 2012, Fort Collins Utilities has been working to ensure that drinking water quality continues to meet or surpass all state and federal drinking water standards.

Rehabilitation efforts will resume in July 2014 and conclude by mid-August. During this time, trucks and helicopters will be moving material to and from the restoration sites in Poudre and Rist Canyons.

Last year, 1,630 acres of aerial wood shred mulching and 48,000 linear feet of directional felling were completed.


Funding the mitigation is a joint effort.


  • Trucks haul mulch loads to the staging sites.

Citizens driving in Rist and Poudre Canyons need to be aware of the helicopters and truck traffic that will be performing the restoration activities.

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  • Evidence of regrowth.

Utilities will continue to monitor the effects of the fire-related runoff and take steps to monitor and protect the watersheds and mitigate the damage from the fire.

A detailed report on the initial effects of the recent wildfires on water quality is also available.

Fort Collins Utilities' state-of-the-art water treatment process removes contaminants from raw water sources, beginning with the new presedimentation basin.

Fort Collins Utilities continues to collaborate with other water users and utilities including, Denver Water, Colorado State University, University of Colorado and Northern Water Conservancy District to respond to fire-related impacts in our watershed. Despite the impact of the fire, Fort Collins water supplies are sufficient to provide water to customers.

To report any water quality concerns, contact Utilities.