Watering Restrictions - Fort Collins - Loveland Water District
Due to a leak on Overland Trail between Magnolia and Laporte, some customers may experience limited water pressure. The repair is expected to be completed by end of day Friday, July 12, 2024. For additional information please visit https://fclwd.com/overland-trail-leak

Urging Timnath Customers to Reduce Summer Watering

Due to unprecedented irrigation demand in the Timnath area resulting from a combination of factors including recent temperatures exceeding 90 degrees, new sod installations and new construction in the area, we are asking for immediate assistance from ALL FCLWD customers in the Timnath area to reduce watering by 25 percent. Immediate outdoor water use reduction is critical to maintaining adequate water pressure throughout the system as well as an appropriate water supply for fire protection needs.

We are asking customers located in Timnath to adjust their outdoor watering as follows:

  • Delay all new outdoor landscape, irrigation and sod projects until September 1. Delaying new sod will not only help in water conservation efforts, but is also more beneficial for your grass.

  • If your address ends in an even number, limit watering to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (midnight to midnight).
  • If your address ends in an odd number, limit watering to Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (midnight to midnight).
  • Avoid watering on Sunday to allow our system to catch up for the next week.

If you recently planted new sod before receiving these restrictions, please be mindful of overwatering to avoid water running off into the sidewalk and the gutter. Overwatering not only wastes water and increases your cost, but also impacts the distribution system’s ability to meet all customer needs. Once your sod has taken root, typically after two weeks of initial watering, please reduce your watering schedule to normal levels following the schedule above. 

We appreciate your attention to this important effort. Customer compliance is vital to maintaining adequate system water pressure, ensuring the delivery of treated water to all customers and providing critical fire protection.

FAQ

Q: Why is FCLWD enacting watering restrictions?
A: The restrictions are due to unprecedented irrigation demand in the Timnath area resulting from a combination of factors including recent temperatures exceeding 90 degrees, new sod installations and new construction in the area. This increased demand has resulted in a lack of water pressure and a risk of ensuring an appropriate water supply for fire protection needs.
Q: Are the restrictions mandatory?
A: The restrictions are not mandatory but are highly encouraged to ensure we can maintain adequate water pressure throughout the system as well as an appropriate water supply for fire protection needs.
Q: How long will the restrictions be in place?
A: We anticipate the restrictions will be in place for the remainder of the summer.
Q: Do the restrictions mean FCLWD doesn’t have enough water?
A: FCLWD does have adequate water supply for our District. However, the increased demand in the Timnath area is making it difficult for us to keep the Timnath tank full, maintain system pressure and get our supply to customers in the area. FCLWD currently has capital projects in the works to expand our infrastructure to better serve customers in Timnath.
Q: Does this impact all Timnath residents?
A: No, only FCLWD customers in Timnath are impacted. Residents receiving their water from other providers such as North Weld County Water District and East Larimer County Water District are not impacted by these restrictions.
Q: Does this impact all FCLWD customers?
A: While the restrictions are primarily for Timnath customers, we encourage efficient watering practices from all our customers.
Q: I just planted new sod, what should I do?
A: We recommend only using the water needed while waiting for the sod to establish and making sure you are using your water efficiently by avoiding overwatering. When your sod has rooted, typically after two weeks, please reduce your watering schedule to normal levels (up to three times per week) based on the following schedule:

  • If your address ends in an even number, limit watering to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (midnight to midnight).
  • If your address ends in an odd number, limit watering to Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (midnight to midnight).
  • Avoid watering on Sunday to allow our system to catch up for the next week.
Q: My neighbor is not following the restrictions, can I report them?
A: These restrictions are highly recommended but are not mandatory. We encourage customers to share our recent emails and letters with neighbors to help spread the word so we can all do our part. As FCLWD cannot enforce the restrictions due to the limits of our Title 32 organizational structure, we are relying on voluntary compliance to avoid the need for more extreme measures.
Q: Can you stop issuing building permits or lessen the amount of building in the area?

A: FCLWD is not a land-use authority; meaning we don’t have any say in how the land in our district is used.  Land use is determined by the cities and counties where we provide water. Land use authorities are also the authority that issues and manages building permits. If you have questions or concerns about land-use code, please contact the municipality directly involved.