- Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control Program
- Development/Construction Standards
- Landscape Guidelines Around Fire Hydrants
- Leak Detection Program
- Interactive Map (local water and wastewater districts)
- Water Distribution System Flushing
- Water Meters
- Water Pressure
- Waterline Responsibility and Repair
- Water Filling Station
- Safe Water Action Program (SWAP) - Galvanized Line Replacement
- From Snowcap to Water Tap: Water Distribution System Video
- Repairing Water Main Leaks in Fort Collins
- What’s Beneath Your Feet - Whiteboard Video on Water Infrastructure
Fort Collins Utilities proudly serves high-quality water to over 35,000 residents and businesses. Established in 1882, the Water Utility maintains:
- more than 500 miles of water mains (pipelines)
- approximately 12,700 valves and 3,760 fire hydrants
- over 35,140 water meters
Our water comes from the Cache la Poudre River and Horsetooth Reservoir and is treated at the Water Treatment Facility.
The quality of our infrastructure and ongoing maintenance and replacement programs, known as capital improvement projects, are critical to our water distribution system. Some of Fort Collins’ pipelines have been in operation for over 100 years and must be upgraded to continue providing safe and reliable water.
Learn more about the importance of water infrastructure through this American Water video.
Cloudy or Discolored Water
Any waterline repairs and/or flushing in the area may cause your water to appear cloudy or discolored for a short time. This water is not harmful, though it may stain laundry. It's also safe to use on plants and landscape.
If this occurs:
- wait until the nearby flushing is complete
- remove faucet aerators or filters
- run the COLD water for 5-10 minutes (usually the water clears within a few minutes, if flushing in the area is complete)
If you notice improvements, continue running the cold water for a few more minutes or until it is clear. If it is not improving, turn off the water, wait 30 minutes and repeat. If it still doesn’t clear, you can call 970-221-6700 to report your concerns. Another option is to run the garden hose, weather permitting, until the water clears.
Cloudy: Water gets cloudy when air gets in and makes tiny bubbles. These bubbles are harmless and will disappear if you let the water sit for a few minutes.
Discolored: Sediments in the water lines get stirred up and may cause a slight water discoloration for a short time. This water is not harmful, though it may stain laundry.