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Water Shortage Watch in Effect April 29#

Together, We Can Make a Difference#

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 if conditions worsen.

The City is doing its part, too, by using irrigation best practices and limiting fleet vehicle washing, street sweeping and hydrant flushing. We also are coordinating with local organizations and other water providers to develop plans for post-wildfire watershed restoration and recovery.

Three Ways to Save#

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Water Twice a Week

Rely on spring moisture to water your lawn. Once it starts warming up, limit lawn watering to two days a week.

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Water Overnight

When watering lawns, landscapes, and gardens, do so between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to reduce evaporation loss.

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Turn Off the Hose

Always use a shutoff nozzle on hoses, including when hand watering and washing cars at home.

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  • Set a goal to use at least 10% less water this summer. If everyone used just 10% less water outdoors, we would save over 200 million gallons in 2021!
  • 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 residential rebates or commercial rebates.
  • Use dry methods such as sweeping to clean sidewalks and driveways and avoid spraying with water.
  • Consider turning off fountains and water features this year. 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
Full List of Water-Saving Actions from WSAPhighlight_off
INDOOR USE
Use water-saving best practices, make reductions where possible

 

LANDSCAPE WATER USE

Regulated Water Use Activities

Voluntary Action
(following actions listed under WSAP Action Level I)

Lawn Watering

Target: 0.62 gallons/sq. ft. or 1” per week

Non-Watering Hours

No watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Number of Lawn Watering Days per Week

Limit to two days per week

Sprinkler System Maintenance

Minimize test run times per zone. 

Trees

Limit watering to two days per week and not between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and by hand, drip system or deep root fork or needle at any time.

Food Production

Limit watering to two days per week and not between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and by hand or drip system at any time.

Other Landscapes

Limit watering to two days per week and not between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and by hand or drip system at any time.

 

NON-LANDSCAPE WATER USE

Regulated Water Use Activities

Voluntary Action
(following actions listed under WSAP Action Level I)

Residential Vehicle Washing At Home

Must use shutoff nozzle

City of Fort Collins Fleet Vehicle Washing

As needed

Dealership Vehicle Washing

As needed

Spraying Impervious Surfaces

Whenever possible deploy dry methods first.

Dust Control Measures for Dust Generating Activities

Whenever possible, use alternative (non-water) dust control measures, as defined by the City’s Dust Prevention and Control Manual.

Street Sweeping

No more than normal operating schedule and essential street sweeping. Whenever possible, deploy dry methods first.

Hydrant Flushing and Testing

No more than normal operating schedule and critical situations.

Water Features

Turn off water feature

Splash Parks

Operate system to maximize water reuse while maintaining water quality. 

Community Outdoor Swimming Pools

Use pool cover and backwash system, if exists.

Individual Outdoor Swimming Pools and Recreational Water Toys  

Use pool cover and backwash system, if exists. Limit use by setting a spigot timer on the hose.

Misting Devices

Limit use to only when temperatures are extreme and misted areas are occupied.

 

EXCEPTIONS BY PERMIT

Regulated Water Use Activities

Voluntary Action
(following actions listed under WSAP Action Level I)

Residential fines per violation Not applicable
Business fines per violation

Not applicable

 

WATER RATE ADJUSTMENTS

Regulated Water Use Activities

Voluntary Action
(following actions listed under WSAP Action Level I)

Adjust water rates to encourage additional conservation No adjustment

Water Shortage Action Plan (WSAP)#

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.

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