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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.

February 2023 Snapshot#

Running faucet

Water Demand

Water demand within the Utilities water service area was 98.4% of the projected demand for February.

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Horsetooth Reservoir

Reservoir Storage

  • Colorado-Big Thompson project reservoirs (Granby, Carter and Horsetooth): 76% full
  • Horsetooth Reservoir: 54% full
  • Joe Wright Reservoir: 66% full
Cache la Poudre River

River Streamflows

Graphical data for the Poudre River is available online:

Snowy trees


Average snow equivalent totals as of March 3:

  • Upper Colorado Basin: 121% of median
  • Poudre Basin: 109% of median

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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 for the next three months:

  • Equal chances of above or below normal precipitation.
  • Equal chances of above or below normal temperature.

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2023 Memos and Detailed Charts
2022 Memos and Detailed Charts
2021 Memos and Detailed Charts

Did You Know?

There are more than 500 miles of water mains throughout Fort Collins.

We offer several residential and commercial programs to help you save energy, water and money.

Fertilizer encourages grass to grow, requiring more water. Use it lightly.