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Water Restrictions

Mandatory outdoor water restrictions on lawn watering and other outdoor water uses will go into effect Thursday, Oct. 1.

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Water Use Restrictions in Effect

Water Use Restrictions

Regulated Water Use Activities



Lawn Watering

Not allowed

Number of Lawn Watering Days per Week

0 days

Sprinkler System Maintenance

Minimize test run times per zone. Sprinkler blowouts are allowed.


May be watered only by hand, drip system or deep root fork or needle at any time.

Food Production

May be watered only by hand, or drip system at any time.

Other Landscapes

May be watered only by hand, or drip system at any time.



Residential Vehicle Washing At Home

Not allowed

City of Fort Collins Fleet Vehicle Washing

Not allowed unless approved by the City Manager for health or safety reasons.

Dealership Vehicle Washing

Once per week, provided that washing shall be less frequent and only “Upon Sale” if the City Manager determines, in his sole discretion, that it would be appropriate and notifies the affected dealerships.

Spraying Impervious Surfaces

Not allowed, except for essential power washing. Whenever possible, dry methods must be deployed first.

Dust Control Measures for Dust Generating Activities

Not allowed, except if no alternative (non-water) dust control measures exist, as defined by the City’s Dust Prevention and Control Manual.

Street Sweeping

Arterial and Collector Street Sweeping will be reduced to 1x a month and all other sweeping restricted to essential street sweeping. Whenever possible, dry methods must be deployed first.

Hydrant Flushing and Testing

Limited to critical situations as approved by Utilities' Executive Director.

Water Features

Not allowed

Splash Parks

Not allowed

Community Outdoor Swimming Pools

Unrestricted, if filled before date restrictions were implemented. No filling of empty pools.

Individual Outdoor Swimming Pools and Recreational Water Toys  

Toys not allowed. Pools are unrestricted, if filled before date restrictions were implemented. No filling of empty pools.

Misting Devices

Not allowed



New Lawn Installation (sod and seed)

Water any time of day and any day of the week for a period of time, as defined by the approved permit. Multifamily and Commercial can request a temporary certificate of occupancy

Active Area City and Community Athletic/Playing Fields

Recommend following Level I: Max of 1.25" or 0.78 gallons per sq. ft. per week. May water any day, according to permit; no watering between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Well or Raw Water

Registration and sign provided by Utilities required


Exceptions will be made for athletic/active fields for health and safety purposes and new lawn installations.

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Spread the Word!

Reduce Your Use: Workign Together to Protect Our Water

Put out these signs when you stop outdoor water use Oct. 1 this year and save them for future years. Please note, you will need to log in to our MyWater Portal to request a sign using the link below.

Request a Sign


Residential fines per violation

$50 to $1,000

Business fines per violation

$250 to $1,000



Adjust water rates to encourage additional conservation

No adjustment