Water Shortage Response Planning

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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.

In April 2020, we completed the review and update of the Water Shortage Action Plan to ensure our customers are prepared and we have the best response possible to improve our resiliency and limit longer-term water shortages.

Thank you to those that provided input during the update process! We will review the Water Shortage Action Plan again in 4 to 5 years. 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.

In April 2020, we completed the review and update of the Water Shortage Action Plan to ensure our customers are prepared and we have the best response possible to improve our resiliency and limit longer-term water shortages.

Thank you to those that provided input during the update process! We will review the Water Shortage Action Plan again in 4 to 5 years. Please let us know your concerns about future water shortages, water restrictions and planning for a sustainable water future.

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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 about 1 year 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.