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Water Quality#

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Fort Collins Utilities monitors water quality in three areas:

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Watershed Monitoring Programs#

The watersheds where our water comes from consist of the large areas of land that drain snowmelt and rainfall waters to the Poudre River and the Big Thompson River, Horsetooth Reservoir and other components of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project. Watershed monitoring and protection involves minimizing the negative impacts to the quality of these waters from activities on both land and water.

After wastewater is treated at our water reclamation facilities to meet or exceed all state and federal pollution control standards, it is returned to the environment where it is collaboratively monitored to protect the Poudre River downstream.

Upper Poudre River

Source Water Monitoring and Protection

Since the late 1980s, Fort Collins Utilities has conducted water quality monitoring of its drinking water sources.

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Lower Poudre River

Lower Poudre Monitoring

The Lower Cache la Poudre Water Quality Monitoring Program is a part of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) most comprehensive environmental leadership program: Performance Track.

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Presedimentation Basin

Presedimentation Basin

Fort Collins Utilities constructed a presedimentation basin to remove sediment in the Poudre River caused by forest fires.

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