Water Shortage Response Planning

Have you ever thought about how a water shortage could impact you and/or your business?

Fort Collins Utilities plans for each year’s water supplies and projected use very conservatively; however, severe drought and other events outside of Utilities’ control happen. When we’re faced with a water shortage, Utilities enacts water use restrictions in accordance with the Water Supply Shortage Response Plan.

We’re reviewing the response plan to ensure our customers are prepared and we have the best response possible to improve our resiliency and limit longer-term water shortages.

We want your input! Please let us know your concerns about future water shortages, water restrictions and planning for a sustainable water future.

Have you ever thought about how a water shortage could impact you and/or your business?

Fort Collins Utilities plans for each year’s water supplies and projected use very conservatively; however, severe drought and other events outside of Utilities’ control happen. When we’re faced with a water shortage, Utilities enacts water use restrictions in accordance with the Water Supply Shortage Response Plan.

We’re reviewing the response plan to ensure our customers are prepared and we have the best response possible to improve our resiliency and limit longer-term water shortages.

We want your input! Please let us know your concerns about future water shortages, water restrictions and planning for a sustainable water future.

What questions do you have about water shortage response planning?

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  • Doesn’t Colorado still have 19th century water laws that make rain barrels and other types of water catchment illegal? Can Fort Collins residents and businesses collect water runoff from our roofs and use it to water our gardens without coming into conflict with state laws?

    Ivy asked 3 months ago

    Great news! In 2016, residential rainwater collection or rainwater "harvesting" became legal in Colorado. Single-family or multi-family residences with fewer than four units can install up to two 55-gallon barrels. The containers capture water from downspouts and must have a sealable lid to reduce evaporation and minimize ability for mosquitoes to breed. To learn more visit fcgov.com/rainwater-collection.