Water conservation is fast becoming a key component of water resource planning across the nation, especially in the western United States. A meaningful and effective water conservation plan is a key element to accomplishing efficient water delivery while minimizing system costs and being able to help protect a valuable and limited resource.
Fort Collins-Loveland Water District (FCLWD) is committed to optimizing its water supplies and system through practical water conservation practices. The benefits will include delaying the purchase of costly water supplies and infrastructure upgrades and reducing wastewater flows and treatment. The purpose of this Water Conservation Plan is to guide FCLWD in the process of water conservation planning and implementation. The planning horizon for this plan is ten years, from 2008 to 2017.
*Landscaping Irrigation and Conservation can work together*
Leak Detection Improvements and Conservation
The current leak detection program at FCLWD uses customer meters, pressure reducing vaults, SCADA and the billing database to track water use and leaks in the system. All billed water is compared to water produced at the filter plant monthly to determine overall differences. Each customer meter is programmed to alert for high or low is compared to normal to identify leaks past the customer tap or malfunction of the meter itself. The customer meters are being retrofit with radio read meters that can be monitored more easily and provide real time data. The billing software will be updated to show this real time data and provide more effective monitoring of the system.
All known leaks in the distribution lines are repaired immediately. Leaks found on customer service lines are reported to the customer. All new and replacement water lines are pressure tested after installation to ensure that they meet established guidelines for water loss. Distribution lines are replaced on an as-need basis. SCADA monitors the flows throughout the system including the pipelines, pressure reducing valves and tanks.
WECalc takes your homes usage and helps find gaps in which you can reduce your usage.
Collaborative Conservation Efforts
The Town of Windsor will offer free home water conservation kits to Windsor residents. The kits will be available for pick up at Town Hall during normal business hours. Please see the link below for more information.
Windsor Water Conservation Kits Link
The City of Fort Collins is offering FREE sprinkler audits to the first 100 customers of the Fort Collins-Loveland Water District. This benefit is on a first come, first serve basis. Please follow the link below to sign up for your free sprinkler audit.
City of Fort Collins Sprinkler Audit Link