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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.

October 2022 Snapshot#

Running faucet

Water Demand

Water demand within the Utilities water service area was 103% of the projected demand for October.

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Horsetooth Reservoir

Reservoir Storage

  • Colorado-Big Thompson project reservoirs (Granby, Carter and Horsetooth): 77% full
  • Horsetooth Reservoir: 51% full
  • Joe Wright Reservoir: 66% full
Cache la Poudre River

River Streamflows

Graphical data for the Poudre River is available online:

Fort Collins Aerial in Spring


The mean daily high temperature for October was 68 degrees Farenheight (above average) with 0.33 inches of precipitation (below average).

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Low water level on Horsetooth Reservoir

Drought Monitor

Larimer County is experiencing abnormally dry conditions. The Colorado River basin remains in a severe 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 for the next three months:

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

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2022 Memos and Detailed Charts
2021 Memos and Detailed Charts

Did You Know?

We continually work to improve our infrastructure and distribution systems. See what’s in the works.

Wearing an extra layer of clothing during the winter and lowering the thermostat a few degrees can help save money and energy.

Watering in the early morning or late evening when there's less wind reduces water loss.