Community Water Use per Capita

Desired Result:   Below Target

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Analysis of Performance

As of Q1 2022: 

  • Residential and commercial gallons per capita per day are very comparable to Q1. Specifically, in 2022 residential per capita demand is up 2% and commercial per capita demand is down 7% when compared to 2021.  These trends could be partially due to changes in residential water use patterns as people continue to work remotely.
  • Data reflects treated water usage of Fort Collins Utilities water service area customers, (70% of the overall city population). Untreated (raw) water and use within other service areas in the city are excluded.         
  • Weather is the largest influence of water use. Other factors that influence use are efficiency and conservation programs, codes and standards, increased product efficiency and customer behavior. 
  • Water Conservation programs saved a total of 160 million gallons, or 2% of total treated demand, in 2021. This is a 32% increase in water savings over the average savings of the last five years. Increased savings are attributed to innovation and improvements to programs, including new water education campaigns, continued expansion of landscape transformation programs, and a year of record participation for some programs.
  • Note that use categories (commercial and residential) are based on utility rate codes. As a result, some residential water uses, like HOA common space irrigation use, are reflected in the “Commercial” data series.

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