WELCOME TO THE FORT COLLINS-LOVELAND WATER DISTRICT & THE SOUTH FORT COLLINS SANITATION DISTRICT
The Fort Collins-Loveland Water and the South Fort Collins Sanitation Districts have provided water and waste water services to businesses and citizens since 1961. The District serves an area that encompasses approximately 60 square miles with boundaries that range from south of Harmony Rd. to 57th Street in Loveland, then east from the foothills to the Larimer-Weld County line. The 17,000 plus customers of the Districts reside in parts of Fort Collins, Loveland, Timnath,
Windsor and Larimer County.
The Districts are governed by separately elected Boards of Directors while a staff of 38 professionals provide customer service, maintain facilities, respond to customer requests, repair water main breaks, and clean sewer line back-ups in addition to delivering the drinking water from Horsetooth Reservoir and wastewater which is discharged into Fossil Creek Reservoir.
Emergency service is always available and our office is open to assist week days from 8 am to 4:30 pm. We welcome your input and look forward to serving you and your family.
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Securing the water future of the communities we serve
FCLWD currently gets the water that it treats and distributes to customers from the North Poudre Irrigation Company, Colorado-Big Thompson (C-BT) project, Josh Ames Divide Canal and Reservoir Company, and Windsor Reservoir Company.
FCLWD has enough water for all existing customers in our service area and for the growth we are experiencing now, but we will need 8,000 acre-feet (firm yield) of water to meet the demand of our growing service area by 2032. An acre-foot is equal to 325,851 gallons of water.
To close the anticipated gap, FCLWD is looking to other water source options, including the Northern Integrated Water Supply Project (NISP). NISP is a proposed water storage and distribution project that will supply 15 Northern Front Range water partners with 40,000 acre-feet (firm yield) of new, reliable water supplies. This project includes two reservoirs in Northern Colorado.
Northern Water is pursuing permitting, design and construction of this estimated $746 million project (2017 dollars) on behalf of the 15 partner cities and water districts, that will be providing water to nearly half a million residents in the Northern Front Range by 2050. The project is in the permitting and design phase, and if a final federal permit is received in 2019 as anticipated, construction will be complete by 2025.
FCLWD’s portion of NISP is estimated at $59 million (2017 dollars), dedicating 3,000 acre-feet of water to the communities we serve. In addition, FCLWD, with other water providers, is planning for additional water treatment needs, which will include the construction of a regional water treatment plant. FCLWD’s estimated cost for the treatment plant is $32 million (2017 dollars). Because most of this water source is intended to supply growth in the communities we serve, it will be paid primarily with tap fees that developers pay when they build new homes and commercial buildings in our communities—not by current customers of FCLWD.
FCLWD became a partner in NISP in 2004 because the project makes both economic and environmental sense for the growing communities we serve. By being a part of this collaborative regional water supply project FCLWD is included in developing a long-range strategy that ensures we can secure our water future. FCLWD, like other NISP participants, is pursuing an all-of-the-above strategy to meet our future water needs. In addition to NISP, we encourage conservation efforts and alternative transfer methods with ag-water suppliers. Like other NISP participants, FCLWD has seen a significant reduction in water usage and has an approved conservation plan with the Colorado Water Conservation Board.
NISP will store water currently leaving the state in years when we have an excess supply. Since 2009, more than 5.5 million acre-feet of water left the state downstream to Nebraska over and above legal requirements. Through an exchange with two local ditch companies, the project will provide some water in all years, but more when we have an abundant supply.
NISP is particularly attractive to communities served by FCLWD because it helps protect our valuable farmlands. Pressure on irrigated agriculture is increasing on both water and land resources. Without NISP cities will accelerate their purchase of farmland to dry it out and transfer the water to cities. This project has been endorsed by every major agricultural organization in Colorado because they estimate the loss of an additional 60,000 acres of irrigated farmland without NISP.
Northern Water maintains a comprehensive website on NISP. We encourage FCLWD customers to learn more about this regional water supply project that will help secure the water future of the communities we serve.