What You Need To Know About NISP
FCLWD currently receives water from the North Poudre Irrigation Company, Colorado-Big Thompson (C-BT) project, Josh Ames, Divide Canal and Reservoir Company, and Windsor Reservoir Company. While these sources allow us to meet current demand, by 2032 we will need an additional 8,000 acre-feet of water for our growing service area. To close the anticipated gap, FCLWD is looking to other water source options, including NISP.
What is NISP?
NISP stands for Northern Integrated Supply Project. Through efforts led by Northern Water, NISP will bring two new reservoirs to Northern Colorado, providing Northern Front Range water suppliers with 40,000 acre-feet of new, reliable water supplies.
Why is the FCLWD participating?
The District is participating in NISP as one of many tools to close the anticipated gap between current supply and future demand. While conservation and efficiency efforts have and will continue to play an important role in our planning and pricing structure, based on growth projections, the District needs to add additional water resources to its portfolio. By participating in this collaborative regional water supply project, we’re developing a long-range strategy that ensures we can secure our water future.
Our goal as a district is to ensure that each and every one of our customers has access to high-quality water at an affordable price. This doesn’t rely on just one tactic; we also consider drought conditions, conservation and a tiered rate structure.
How can you get involved?
- Take some time to explore the NISP website to gain a better understanding of the project. You’re able to provide your own valued feedback on the project that is then shared with all entities involved.
- Attend an open house (6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Drake Centre, 802 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins) hosted by Northern Water. These will be a chance to hear more about the project and ask any questions you may have.
- Do your part at home to be more efficient with your water usage and help reduce demand. We’ve gathered helpful tips for water conservation that only require small changes – which add up to a big impact!