Community Water Use per Capita

Desired Result:   Below Target

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Analysis of Performance


As of Q3 2020:

  • This is a new quarterly metric that is evolving. Data is typically available within 2 weeks of the end of a quarter.
  • Compared to 2019 Q3, 2020 Q3 total water use per capita is up 5%, residential water use per capita is up 20% and commercial water use per capita is down 11%.
  • While the title says “Community”, this data only reflects treated water usage of Fort Collins Utilities water service area customers, which is about 70% of the overall City population. It does not reflect any raw (untreated) water usage, either.
  • In 2020, the target will be changed from a comparison to a 2001 baseline usage to a goal that is tied to the overall Water Efficiency Plan Goal of achieving an average annual water use of 130 gallons per capita per day. This has been translated into a quarterly goal for this metric.
  • Weather is the largest influence of water use, causing use to be higher in hotter, drier years and significantly higher in the summer months than in winter months.
  • Programs and services are one other factor that has resulted in a downward trend in water use while the population has continued to increase. Other factors include codes and standards, general availability of efficient products, and customer behavior.
  • Note that while the graph separates “Commercial” and “Residential” use, this is based on how utility rate codes are defined. As a result, some residential water uses, like HOA common space irrigation use, are reflected in the “Commercial” data series because these accounts are classified as commercial accounts, not residential.

Metric Definition
This metric tracks water use (gallons) per capita for each quarter, split by commercial and residential water use. It is calculated by taking the total water use in a quarter, divided by the number of days in the quarter and estimated population in the Fort Collins Utilities water service area. This metric is expected to fluctuate throughout the year, as water use increases during the summer months and is higher in hotter, drier years. Data is provided by Fort Collins Utilities.
Why Is This Important?
Water is a critical ingredient for our community and using it efficiently is important. Doing more with less is necessary to achieve the 2030 Water Efficiency Plan goals and to improve our resiliency to fluctuating weather and climate patterns.
City Organization Impact on Performance

Medium – The Fort Collins Utilities' Water Efficiency and Conservation Programs provides programs and services to reduce water use. Weather, local economic conditions, and the everyday actions of residents, visitors, and businesses are the other influences which have an impact on the water usage of the community. Fort Collins Utilities only provides water service to about 70% of the City’s population, so the programs and actions of those served by other providers is not reflected here.

Benchmark Information
Benchmarking in progress