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Providing Safe, Reliable Drinking Water#

Fort Collins Utilities is committed to providing safe, reliable drinking water now and into the future.

We are one of several water districts that provides water to Fort Collins residents, businesses and industries. Serving more than 35,000 customers, our service area covers about 35 square miles.

Responsible for water from source to tap, we manage a large portfolio of water rights, store and divert raw water, process and treat drinking water, and distribute it to customers while monitoring the quality every step of the way. Scroll down for details.

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Your Water#

Poudre River

Water Sources

Learn more about where your drinking water comes from and how we manage and plan for our water supply to ensure clean, reliable water for customers now and into the future.

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Water Treatment

Learn more about the treatment process and see how we provide reliable drinking water of superior quality and learn about water monitoring.

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Water Distribution

Learn how water gets from the treatment plant to your tap.

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Water Quality Monitoring#

We take water quality very seriously and are committed to providing safe, high-quality, reliable drinking water to our customers. Our treated drinking water consistently surpasses state and federal standards for purity.

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Hot Topics#

Cameron Peak Fire
Water Supply Status & Quality

See how the 2020 wildfires affected our water supply and watershed.

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Contaminant Monitoring

We stay on top of the latest research when it comes to emerging contaminants to make sure our water quality remains optimal.

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Lead & Copper

Managing lead and copper in water is a public health responsibility that is shared among water utilities, consumers, manufacturers, regulators and plumbers.

Poudre River
Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

These chemicals are very persistent in the environment and in the human body – meaning they don’t break down and can accumulate over time. 

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COVID-19 Impacts to Water Quality

Your drinking water is safe to use from your tap as usual, as confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and American Water Works Association (AWWA).

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Algal Blooms

Algal blooms can be caused by a variety of algae and can occur in natural waterbodies under certain environmental conditions.


Safe disposal practices for unused prescription and over-the-counter medications are important to keep pharmaceuticals out of water bodies.

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Currently, Fort Collins Utilities' drinking water fluoride levels are in the range of 0.60-0.75 ppm, with the fluoride system being monitored continuously.

Policies & Reports#

Water Quality Report

View detailed information about where our water comes from, what it contains and other information.

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Drinking Water Quality Policy

City Council Resolution 93-144 adopted the Drinking Water Quality Policy to ensure continuous delivery of high-quality drinking water to Fort Collins Utilities' customers.

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What's In the Works: Projects and Programs#

Halilgan Reservoir

Halligan Water Supply Project

The Halligan Water Supply Project proposes to enlarge the existing Halligan Reservoir by approximately 8,200 acre-feet.

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Fort Collins Neighborhood

Safe Water Action Program (SWAP)

SWAP identifies and replaces galvanized service lines, which may have a lead gooseneck within the Fort Collins Utilities service area.

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Capital Improvement Projects

See what capital improvement projects are currently in the works.

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Raw Water Rental Program#

Surplus water can be rented for irrigation purposes through the annual Raw Water Rental Program.

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Guidelines & Resources#

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Water 101

Do you know where our water comes from?

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Conservation & Efficiency


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Building & Development


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Service Line Ownership & Responsibility


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Landscape Guidelines


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Did You Know?

You can reduce ‘vampire’ power waste by unplugging electronics that are not in use or plugging them into a smart power strip.

Planting trees on east, southeast, southwest and west exposures reduce solar heat gain and reduce glare through windows.