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Water Restriction Level: Normal Conditions – No Restrictions#

Together, We Can Make a Difference#

Water is a precious, limited resource throughout Colorado and the arid west. 

By taking voluntary actions now to reduce water use, Fort Collins residents and businesses can actively help protect our water supplies and lower the chance of mandatory water restrictions in the future.

Four Ways to Save#

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Water Twice a Week

Rely on spring moisture to water your lawn. Once it starts warming up, water your lawn no more than two days a week (three days when temperatures are consistently above 90°F).

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Fix Leaks

Sign up for text or email leak alerts and high use notifications at the MyWater portal at Free sprinkler evaluations are available through Resource Central.

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Water Overnight

When watering lawns, landscapes, and gardens, do so when it's cooler out and there is less wind. Typically, that happens in the evening through early morning hours. This reduces the potential for evaporation.

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Turn Off the Hose

Always use a shutoff nozzle on hoses and never leave a hose running unattended.


  • Residential efficiency programs and rebates
  • Commercial and HOA efficiency programs and rebates
  • Make sure you're watering your lawn wisely.
  • Use drip irrigation systems to efficiently water plants and trees near the roots, reducing water loss due to evaporation. Many types of efficient irrigation equipment qualify for rebates.
  • Use dry methods such as sweeping to clean sidewalks and driveways and avoid spraying with water.
  • Use a shutoff timer on personal recreational water toys and when refilling outdoor swimming pools and save even more water by using a cover on swimming pools and hot tubs when not in use.  
  • Save water indoors, too: limit showers to five minutes, only wash full loads (clothes and dishes), turn off the faucet when not in use (brushing teeth, shaving, etc.), fix leaks and receive rebates when you install qualifying efficient toilets, showerheads, and appliances.
  • Track your water use and sign up for leak alerts using MyWater

Stay updated on the status of Utilities’ water quality and supply by visiting our water status page.

The WSAP includes a comprehensive list of tactics and restrictions for customers to implement in the event of a water shortage. The WSAP also includes definitions of shortage levels and guidelines for the City Manager to declare a shortage or restrictions.

Learn More

Utilities updates the Water Efficiency Plan every several years. It outlines strategies and goals for water savings.

Check out the plan

Did You Know?

Ensuring programmable thermostats are programmed correctly can save energy and costs

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