Water Restriction Level: Normal Conditions – No Restrictions#
Fort Collins Interim City Manager Kelly DiMartino signed a declaration and order to end the Water Shortage Watch Oct. 1, 2021, pursuant to Fort Collins City Code Section 26-167(a) and the Water Shortage Action Plan (WSAP), due to improving water resource conditions and less demand on water supplies with irrigation season ending. Updates on the status of our water supply will be posted at fcgov.com/water-status.
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.
Three Ways to Save#
Turn Off Outdoor Irrigation
Winterize your system a little earlier than normal this fall. Lawns will come back healthy and green in the spring.
Save water and money by checking for indoor leaks.
Turn Off the Hose
Always use a shutoff nozzle on hoses and never leave a hose running unattended.
- Residential efficiency programs and rebates: fcgov.com/save-water
- Commercial and HOA efficiency programs and rebates: fcgov.com/water-efficiency
Make sure you're watering your lawn wisely.
- If you do water, limit watering to two days a week.
- Water overnight between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m.
- 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 the MyWater.
The impacts to the watershed and river quality are expected to be long-term. Utilities continues to monitor source water quality, the severity of the watershed impacts from the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome wildfires, drought conditions, and future snowpack levels. Depending on the severity of these conditions, Utilities will look to the community for help reducing water use when necessary. Stay updated on the status of Utilities’ water quality and supply by visiting fcgov.com/water-status.
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.