Fort Collins to restrict water usage

Reposted from Northern Colorado Business Report

FORT COLLINS — Responding to the drought, the City of Fort Collins announced Monday it will put water restrictions in place starting April 1, limiting lawn watering, among other measures.

Fort Collins City Manager Darin Atteberry signed a declaration on March 6 to activate the city’s Water Shortage Response Plan’s Response Level 1 restrictions.

The decision was based on the uncertainty of water supplies because of water quality issues raised by last summer’s High Park Fire, as well as the continued drought and low snowpack.

Response Level 1 restrictions limit lawn watering to two days a week. Homes with an even-numbered address will be allowed to water on Thursdays and Sundays, while those with odd-numbered addresses will be permitted to water on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Businesses, including apartment complexes, will be allowed to water on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Anyone washing their car will need a shut-off nozzle on their water hose and a bucket. Using water to spray sidewalks and other impervious surfaces will not be allowed.

Watering of trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetable gardens will be allowed, but a hose shut-off nozzle is recommended.

Also, no watering will be allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. or on Mondays.

For more information or to read the complete ordinance, visit, e-mail, call 970-221-6700 (leave a message on the city’s hotline: 970-416-2881) or TDD (970) 224-6003.