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Water Availability and Demand#

Fort Collins Utilities regularly evaluates several factors to determine the status and condition of our raw water supply and resources to ensure ample water for our customers.

May 2021 Snapshot#

Fort Collins Aerial in Spring


The mean daily high temperature for May was 68.f degrees Farenheight with 5.52 inches of precipitation (~2.77 inches above average).

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Running faucet

Water Demand

Water demands within the Utilities water service area was 81.9% of the projected demand for May. Year to date, demand is 93.7% of the projected demand.

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Low water level on Horsetooth Reservoir

Drought Monitor

Larimer County is no longer in a drought due to the rainfall events of April and May. The Colorado River bain remains in high levels of drought.

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Aerial of Fort Collins

Climate Outlook

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate outlooks for the northern Front Range and northern mountains, over the next three months show below-normal precipitation and above-normal temperature.

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Horsetooth Reservoir

Reservoir Storage

  • Colorado-Big Thompson project reservoirs (Granby, Carter, and Horsetooth): 82% full
  • Horsetooth Reservoir: 98% full.
  • Joe Wright Reservoir: 83% full (104% of average).
Cache la Poudre River

River Streamflows

Graphical data for the Poudre River is available online: