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Shift Your Water#

Turn off your sprinkler system by Oct. 1 for a chance to win $50 off your water bill.

Shift your water use and voluntarily stop watering your lawn a little earlier this year to join a community of champions dedicated to saving water – a vital resource in our semi-arid climate.

Winterizing your system a little earlier than normal this fall shouldn’t affect your lawn’s health. It will come back strong and green in the spring.

The pledge excludes limited amounts of drip irrigation and hand watering trees and vegetable gardens, which may still require some water into October to maintain plant health. If we experience any months without moisture over the winter and the temperature is above 40 degrees, please water your trees.

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Shift Your Shower

Shift Your Shower#

Did you know: the average shower in Fort Collins is 7 minutes. If everyone in Fort Collins shortened their shower to 5 minutes we would save 1,000,000 gallons per day!

That means if everyone shortened their shower to 5 minutes for a whole year we would save 365 million gallons of water. That's the same as 4,500 households not using any water for an entire year!

And all it would take is getting out of the shower a little bit earlier. If a five-minute shower seems tough, our ask is that you shorten your shower by at least 2 minutes. Every minute counts!

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This campaign is all about getting free energy and water-efficient products installed in your home (installation included!). Sign up with Larimer County Conservation Corps for a Home Efficiency Assessment now. You could be eligible for free installation of a new high-performance toilet.

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What is the Shift Program?#

80% of Fort Collins' community members support climate action and want simple, easy actions they can take to do their part. Shift is dedicated to mobilizing our community to reach our climate action goals of a 20% reduction in carbon emissions below 2005 levels in 2020; 80% reduction by 2030; and to be carbon neutral by 2050 in addition to adapting to our changing climate. Saving water is a key strategy to strengthening our resilience as our climate changes over the next few decades. The City of Fort Collins adopted the Our Climate Future Plan in March 2021 to better reach these goals.

Learn more about Our Climate Future