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Is Fort Collins Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Yes! Generally Safe to Drink*

LAST UPDATED: 7:47 pm, July 17, 2022

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Can You Drink Tap Water in Fort Collins?

Yes, Fort Collins's tap water is generally considered safe to drink as Fort Collins has no active health based violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) that we are aware of. Other factors such as lead piping in a home, or low levels of pollutants on immunocompromised individuals, should also be considered, however. To find more recent info we might have, you can check out our boil water notice page, the city's water provider website, or Fort Collins's local Twitter account.

According the EPA’s ECHO database, from April 30, 2019 to June 30, 2022, Fort Collins's water utility, City of Ft Collins, had 2 non-health-based violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. For more details on the violations, please see our violation history section below. The last violation for Fort Collins was resolved on June 30, 2021. This assessment is based on the City of Ft Collins water system, other water systems in the city may have different results.

While tap water that meets the EPA health guidelines generally won’t make you sick to your stomach, it can still contain regulated and unregulated contaminants present in trace amounts that could potentially cause health issues over the long-run. These trace contaminants may also impact immunocompromised and vulnerable individuals.

The EPA is reviewing if it’s current regulations around pollutant levels in tap water are strict enough, and the health dangers posed by unregulated pollutants, like PFAS.

Water Quality Report for Fort Collins Tap Water

The most recent publicly available numbers for measured contaminant levels in Fort Collins tap water are in its 2020 Water Quality Report. As you can see, there are levels which the EPA considers to be acceptable, but being below the maximum allowable level doesn’t necessarily mean the water is healthy.

Lead in tap water, for example, is currently allowed at up to 15ppb by the EPA, but it has set the ideal goal for lead at zero. This highlights how meeting EPA standards doesn’t necessarily mean local tap water is healthy.

EPA regulations continue to change as it evaluates the long term impacts of chemicals and updates drinking water acceptable levels. The rules around arsenic, as well as, lead and copper are currently being re-evaluated.

There are also a number of "emerging" contaminants that are not currently. For example, PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), for which the EPA has issued a health advisory. PFAS are called "forever chemicals" since they tend not to break down in the environment or the human body and can accumulate over time.

We recommend looking at the contaminants present in Fort Collins's water quality reports, or getting your home's tap water tested to see if you should be filtering your water.

Fort Collins Tap Water Safe Drinking Water Act Violation History - Prior 10 Years

Below is a ten year history of violations for the water system named City of Ft Collins for Fort Collins in Colorado. For more details please see the "What do these Violations Mean?" section below.

From April 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021, Fort Collins had 2 non-health based Safe Drinking Water Act violations with the violation category being Monitoring and Reporting, more specifically, the violation code was Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) which falls into the Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule rule code group, and the Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule rule code family for the following contaminant codes: TTHM, Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5).

From Dec. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2017, Fort Collins had 1 non-health based Safe Drinking Water Act violation with the violation category being Monitoring and Reporting, more specifically, the violation code was Monitoring, Turbidity (Enhanced SWTR) which falls into the Microbials rule code group, and the Surface Water Treatment Rules rule code family for the following contaminant code: Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule.

From Dec. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2017, Fort Collins had 1 health-based Safe Drinking Water Act violation with the violation category being Treatment Technique Violation, more specifically, the violation code was Single Turbidity Exceed (Enhanced SWTR) which falls into the Microbials rule code group, and the Surface Water Treatment Rules rule code family for the following contaminant code: Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule.

From Feb. 1, 2017 to Feb. 28, 2017, Fort Collins had 1 non-health based Safe Drinking Water Act violation with the violation category being Monitoring and Reporting, more specifically, the violation code was Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Filter) which falls into the Microbials rule code group, and the Surface Water Treatment Rules rule code family for the following contaminant code: Surface Water Treatment Rule.

From Jan. 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017, Fort Collins had 1 non-health based Safe Drinking Water Act violation with the violation category being Monitoring and Reporting, more specifically, the violation code was Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) which falls into the Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule rule code group, and the Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule rule code family for the following contaminant code: Chlorine.

Is there Lead in Fort Collins Water?

Based on the EPA’s ECHO Database, 90% of the samples taken from the Fort Collins water system, City of Ft Collins, between sample start date and sample end date, were at or below, 0.002 mg/L of lead in Fort Collins water. This is 13.3% of the 0.015 mg/L action level. This means 10% of the samples taken from Fort Collins contained more lead.

While Fort Collins water testing may have found 0.002 mg/L of lead in its water, that does not mean your water source has the same amount. The amount of lead in water in a city can vary greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood, or even building to building. Many buildings, particularly older ones, have lead pipes or service lines which can be a source of contamination. To find out if your home has lead, we recommend getting you water tested.

No amount of lead in water is healthy, only less dangerous. As lead accumulates in our bodies over time, even exposure to relatively small amounts can have negative health effects. For more information, please check out our Lead FAQ page.

Are there PFAS in Fort Collins Tap Water?

Currently, testing tap water for PFAS isn’t mandated on a national level. We do have a list of military bases where there have been suspected or confirmed leaks. There appears to be at least one military base - F.E. Warren Air Force Base - near Fort Collins with suspected leaks.

With many potential sources of PFAS in tap water across the US, the best information we currently have about which cities have PFAS in their water is this ewg map, which you can check to see if Fort Collins has been evaluated for yet.

Our stance is better safe than sorry, and that it makes sense to try to purify the tap water just in case.

Fort Collins SDWA Violation History Table - Prior 10 Years

Compliance Period Status Health-Based? Category Code Code Rule Code Contaminant Code Rule Group Code Rule Family Code
04/01/2021 - 06/30/2021 Resolved No Monitoring and Reporting (MR) Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) (27) Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (220) TTHM (2950) Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (200) Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (220)
04/01/2021 - 06/30/2021 Resolved No Monitoring and Reporting (MR) Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) (27) Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (220) Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) (2456) Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (200) Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (220)
12/01/2017 - 12/31/2017 Resolved No Monitoring and Reporting (MR) Monitoring, Turbidity (Enhanced SWTR) (38) Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (122) Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (0300) Microbials (100) Surface Water Treatment Rules (120)
12/01/2017 - 12/31/2017 Resolved Yes Treatment Technique Violation (TT) Single Turbidity Exceed (Enhanced SWTR) (43) Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (122) Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (0300) Microbials (100) Surface Water Treatment Rules (120)
02/01/2017 - 02/28/2017 Resolved No Monitoring and Reporting (MR) Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Filter) (36) Surface Water Treatment Rule (121) Surface Water Treatment Rule (0200) Microbials (100) Surface Water Treatment Rules (120)
01/01/2017 - 03/31/2017 Resolved No Monitoring and Reporting (MR) Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) (27) Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (210) Chlorine (0999) Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (200) Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (210)

What do these Violations Mean?

Safe Drinking Water Act Violations categories split into two groups, health based, and non-health based. Generally, health based violations are more serious, though non-health based violations can also be cause for concern.

Health Based Violations

  1. Maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) - maximum allowed contaminant level was exceeded.
  2. Maximum residual disinfectant levels (MRDLs) - maximum allowed disinfectant level was exceeded.
  3. Other violations (Other) - the exact required process to reduce the amounts of contaminants in drinking water was not followed.

Non-Health Based Violations

  1. Monitoring and reporting violations (MR, MON) - failure to conduct the required regular monitoring of drinking water quality, and/or to submit monitoring results on time.
  2. Public notice violations (Other) - failure to immediately alert consumers if there is a serious problem with their drinking water that may pose a risk to public health.
  3. Other violations (Other) - miscellaneous violations, such as failure to issue annual consumer confidence reports or maintain required records.

SDWA Table Key

Field Description
Compliance Period Dates of the compliance period.
Status Current status of the violation.
  • Resolved - The violation has at least one resolving enforcement action. In SDWIS, this indicates that either the system has returned to compliance from the violation, the rule that was violated was no longer applicable, or no further action was needed.
  • Archived - The violation is not Resolved, but is more than five years past its compliance period end date. In keeping with the Enforcement Response Policy, the violation no longer contributes to the public water system's overall compliance status. Unresolved violations are also marked as Archived when a system ceases operations (becomes inactive).
  • Addressed - The violation is not Resolved or Archived, and is addressed by one or more formal enforcement actions.
  • Unaddressed - The violation is not Resolved or Archived, and has not been addressed by formal enforcement.
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Health-Based? Whether the violation is health based.
Category Code
The category of violation that is reported.
  • TT - Treatment Technique Violation
  • MRDL - Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level
  • Other - Other Violation
  • MCL - Maximum Contaminant Level Violation
  • MR - Monitoring and Reporting
  • MON - Monitoring Violation
  • RPT - Reporting Violation
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Code A full description of violation codes can be accessed in the SDWA_REF_CODE_VALUES (CSV) table.
Contaminant Code A code value that represents a contaminant for which a public water system has incurred a violation of a primary drinking water regulation.
Rule Code Code for a National Drinking Water rule.
  • 110 - Total Coliform Rule
  • 121 - Surface Water Treatment Rule
  • 122 - Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule
  • 123 - Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule
  • 130 - Filter Backwash Rule
  • 140 - Ground Water Rule
  • 210 - Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule
  • 220 - Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule
  • 230 - Total Trihalomethanes
  • 310 - Volatile Organic Chemicals
  • 331 - Nitrates
  • 332 - Arsenic
  • 333 - Inorganic Chemicals
  • 320 - Synthetic Organic Chemicals
  • 340 - Radionuclides
  • 350 - Lead and Copper Rule
  • 410 - Public Notice Rule
  • 420 - Consumer Confidence Rule
  • 430 - Miscellaneous
  • 500 - Not Regulated
  • 111 - Revised Total Coliform Rule
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Rule Group Code Code that uniquely identifies a rule group.
  • 120 - Surface Water Treatment Rules
  • 130 - Filter Backwash Rule
  • 140 - Groundwater Rule
  • 210 - Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule
  • 220 - Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule
  • 230 - Total Trihalomethanes
  • 310 - Volatile Organic Chemicals
  • 320 - Synthetic Organic Chemicals
  • 330 - Inorganic Chemicals
  • 340 - Radionuclides
  • 350 - Lead and Copper Rule
  • 400 - Other
  • 500 - Not Regulated
  • 110 - Total Coliform Rules
  • 410 - Public Notice Rule
  • 420 - Consumer Confidence Rule
  • 430 - Miscellaneous
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Rule Family Code Code for rule family.
  • 100 - Microbials
  • 200 - Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule
  • 300 - Chemicals
  • 400 - Other
  • 500 - Not Regulated
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For more clarification please visit the EPA's data dictionary.

Fort Collins Water - Frequently Asked Questions

To contact customer service for the Fort Collins water provider, City of Ft Collins, please use the information below.
By Phone: 970-221-6692
By Email:
By Mail: 4316 LAPORTE AVE
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Starting Your Service

Moving to a new house or apartment in Fort Collins means you will often need to put the water in your name with City of Ft Collins. In order to put the water in your name, please click the link to the start service form below. Start service requests for water bills typically take two business days.

Start Service Form

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Leaving your house or apartment in Fort Collins means you will likely need to take your name off of the water bill with City of Ft Collins. In order to take your name off the water bill, please click the link to the stop service form below. Stop service for water bills requests typically take two business days.

Stop Service Form

Is Fort Collins Tap Water Safe to Drink? Tap water & safety quality

The estimated price of bottled water

$2.41 in USD (1.5-liter)


Fort Collins tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 14% Very Low
  • Water Pollution 35% Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 86% Very High
  • Water Quality 65% High

The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Fort Collins, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).

Related FAQS

Fort Collins Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report)

The EPA mandates that towns and cities consistently monitor and test their tap water. They must report their findings in an annual Consumer Confidence Report. Below is the most recent water quality report from Fort Collins's Water. If you would like to see the original version of the report, please click here.




Fort Collins Utilities remains committed to delivering high-quality drinking water. Look inside this report to learn where your drinking water comes from, how it compares to drinking water standards and about community participation.


Community members are welcome to attend Utilities’ Water Commission meetings, a citizen committee that advises City Council on matters of policy and budget. Please see the schedule and location at


Utilities collaborates with local drinking water providers and other water stakeholders to monitor water quality trends in the Poudre River, Big Thompson River and Horsetooth Reservoir

  • Monitoring includes 25+ naturally occurring chemicals, physical and microbiological parameters at 35 locations throughout our source watersheds.


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Utilities’ Water Quality Lab performed approximately 16,150 water quality analyses on just over 3,639 samples.

To ensure tap water is safe to drink, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) regulates what is in drinking water.

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Number of Samples

Unit of Measure

Minimum Ratio

Meet Standard?

Typical Sources

Total Organic Carbon Ratio, Utilities


1 to 1.54





Naturally present in the environment





Total Organic Carbon Ratio, SCFP


1.09 to 1.47




















Typical Sources


Turbidity, Utilities


Highest single measurement: 0.86 NTU

Maximum is 1 NTU for any single



Turbidity, SCFP


Highest single measurement: 0.127 NTU



Soil Runoff






Turbidity, Utilities

All 12 months

During all 12 months of 2020, 100% of samples were less than 0.3 NTU.

In any month, at least 95% of samples



Turbidity, SCFP

All 12 months

During all 12 months of 2020, 100% of samples were less than 0.3 NTU.

must be less than 0.3 NTU






Turbidity is a measure of the clarity of the water and is a good indicator of the effectiveness of the filtration system.



Number of

Unit of




Typical Sources




Barium, Utilities







Discharge of drilling wastes; discharge from metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits

Barium, SCFP










Fluoride, Utilities







Erosion of natural deposits; water additive which promotes strong teeth

Fluoride, SCFP










Nitrate, Utilities







Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from septic tanks; sewage; erosion of natural deposits






Number of Samples

Number of Samples

Meet Standard?

Typical Sources

Not Meeting Standards


All months

At least 95% of samples per

100% of all monthly samples






month must have a chlorine

had a chlorine residual of at





of 2020

residual of at least 0.2 ppm

least 0.2 ppm


Monthly sample size


Water additive used to control





ranged from 121-





The running annual average



The running annual average


150 samples



quarters of

for all four quarters of 2020






must be <=4.0 ppm







was <4.0 ppm






Monitoring Period



Unit of Measure

Number of Samples

Number of Sample Sites

Meet Standard?

Typical Sources

Above Standard


7/08/2020 to







Corrosion of household plumbing


























Number of Samples

Unit of Measure



Meet Standard?

Typical Sources

Haloacetic Acids


13.3 to 39
















Total Trihalomethanes


15.54 to 39.2






Byproduct of drinking water disinfection












0.16 to 0.36







Unregulated Contaminants1





Number of Samples

Unit of Measure

Sample Site




1.66 - 4



Distribution System











- 38.12

















- 1.4


Finished Water






- 7900






Untreated Source Water
















  1. In 2020, EPA required that we monitor for contaminants that are not currently regulated. EPA plans to use this data in their decision regarding whether to regulate the contaminants. For more information, please see
  2. HAA are haloacetic acids. Five are already regulated (HAA5) and include dibromoacetic acid, dichloroacetic acid, monobromoacetic acid, monochloroacetic acid, and trichloroacetic acid. Four additional brominated acetic acids were evaluated for UCMR4 and include bromochloroacetic acid, bromodichloroacetic acid, dibromochloroacetic acid, and tribromoacetic acid. HAA6Br includes the six brominated compounds, and HAA9 is the sum of all nine compounds.

Our Water Treatment Facility produces nearly all the water it distributes. However, customers may occasionally receive a blend of water treated by Utilities and the Soldier Canyon Filter Plant (SCFP). Both treatment facilities use Horsetooth Reservoir and the Cache la Poudre River as sources of water. The SCFP is owned by Soldier Canyon Water Treatment Authority. To determine your water provider, view an interactive map of water districts in Fort Collins and surrounding areas.

  • The monitoring results shown here are representative of water treated by Utilities and the SCFP. All data are from monitoring completed during 2020.


AL: Action level — concentration of a contaminant, which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements that a water system must follow

CDPHE: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

EPA: United States Environmental Protection Agency

MCL: Maximum contaminant level — highest level of a contaminant allowed in drinking water; MCLs are set as close to MCLGs as feasible, using the best available treatment technology

MCLG: Maximum contaminant level goal — level of a contaminant in drinking water, below which there is no known or expected risk to health; MCLGs allow for a margin of safety

N/A: Not applicable

NTU: Nephelometric turbidity unit — measure of particles in the water or clarity

ppb: Parts of contaminant per billion parts of water, µg/L

ppm: Parts of contaminant per million parts of water, mg/L

SCFP: Soldier Canyon Filter Plant

Watershed: Land area that collects, stores and drains water into a shared network of streams, rivers, lakes and reservoirs



Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that the water poses

a health risk.

As water travels over the land’s surface or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals and humans. To ensure tap water is safe to drink, the CDPHE regulates the amount of certain contaminants in water from public water systems.




Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are byproducts of industrial processes and petroleum production. These contaminants also may come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff and septic systems.


Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which may be naturally occurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining or farming.


Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff and residential uses.


Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife.


Radioactive contaminants, which may be naturally occurring or the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.


Cryptosporidium and Giardia come from animal and human waste in the watershed and are common in untreated surface water. When ingested, the organisms may cause fever, nausea and diarrhea. They are removed by a well-maintained water treatment process.

In 2020, Fort Collins Utilities tested our untreated source water for the organisms. Giardia was found in the Poudre River samples. Neither organism was found in the Horsetooth Reservoir samples.

More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be

obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency's Safe Drinking3 Water Hotline (800-426-4791) or visiting


Our drinking water supply comes from two sources: the upper Cache la Poudre River (Poudre River) and Horsetooth Reservoir. Poudre River water originates as rain and snow in the mountains on the eastern slope of the Continental Divide, northwest of Fort Collins. Horsetooth water is delivered from the Colorado River Basin on the western slope via the Colorado-Big Thompson Water Project.


Utilities’ Watershed Program collaborates with regional partners to monitor water quality trends in the Poudre River, Big Thompson River and Horsetooth Reservoir. Monitoring includes analyses of chemical, physical and biological parameters throughout our source watersheds. As in previous years, 2020 water quality data indicated that our source watersheds continue to provide high-quality water (learn more at

The Cameron Peak (208,913 acres) and East Troublesome wildfires (192,457 acres) are the two largest in Colorado history. Neither fire directly impacted the City’s drinking water infrastructure and source water quality was not impacted in 2020. There will likely be significant source water quality impacts to the Upper Cache la Poudre and Horsetooth Reservoir supplies in 2021. The Watershed Program is developing post-fire water quality monitoring recovery plans for both watersheds.


The City of Fort Collins’ Source Water Protection Plan (SWPP) was completed in 2016. The SWPP identifies and prioritizes major pollution threats to our water sources and identifies key protection or mitigation strategies. The threat of large-scale catastrophic wildfires has been identified as the highest priority threat to our source water quality and drinking water infrastructure; historical mines and flooding are a moderate priority. Utilities began working closely with the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (CPRW) and other stakeholders to improve the health and resiliency of the Poudre River following the High Park Fire of 2012. CPRW is leading the Cameron Peak Wildfire local recovery group, including identifying priority restoration areas and projects aimed at protecting our source water quality.

Watershed Technician Casey Barby collects water quality samples on the Cache la Poudre River.

Photo looking through a stand of forest adjacent to Chambers Lake that was severely burned in the Cameron Peak Wildfire

Learn more about our Watershed Program and source water monitoring efforts, including seasonal updates, annual and five-year reports at 970-212-2900 V/TDD: 711



As directed by City Council and our customers, Utilities adds fluoride to the water, resulting in levels that range from 0.60 to 0.75 milligrams of fluoride per liter of treated water.

If you or members of your household are sensitive to fluoride or fluoridation-related substances or if you provide our water to an infant younger than six months of age, please consult your physician or another health expert regarding precautions you may want to consider.

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Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immunocompromised persons, such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy;

persons who have undergone organ transplants; people with HIV/AIDS or other immune-system disorders; some elderly and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their healthcare providers.

EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791.


Fort Collins Utilities’ source water has a low mineral content and is naturally soft because it comes from snowmelt and rainfall. Without additional treatment, soft water can be corrosive.

To help prevent corrosion (the leaching of metals) of water mains, services lines and home plumbing, Utilities began implementing specific treatment measures in 1984. These measures continue today. This additional treatment, which includes adding calcium and carbon dioxide to the water before it leaves the treatment plant, helps minimize corrosion. As a check to ensure our approach is effective, and as required by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Utilities monitors lead and copper levels in the drinking water of 50 homes annually. These tests have shown the levels to be substantially below EPA’s action level.

If our source water has a low mineral content, where do the metals come from? If there is lead present in drinking water, it is primarily from plumbing leading to or inside a home. Some plumbing installed in homes built after the mid-1980s included a combination of copper pipes and lead solder. If this plumbing corrodes or deteriorates, lead can seep into the water if it sits in the pipes for an extended period.

While Utilities provides high-quality drinking water to our customers, we have limited control regarding the material used in home plumbing. You share responsibility for protecting yourself and your family from lead in your home plumbing. Ways to protect your family include identifying and removing lead materials within your home plumbing.

Also, consider flushing your water line first thingin the morning or after it has been stagnant for six or more hours. This flushing can include running the tap, taking a shower, doing laundry or a load of dishes. You can also use a filter certified by an American National Standards Institute accredited certifier to reduce lead in drinking water.

If you have concerns about your water quality or questions about water testing, contact the Water Quality Lab at 970-221-6863 or V/TDD 711. Any concerns about home plumbing should be directed to a licensed plumber.

If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, particularly for pregnant women and young children. For more information, testing methods and steps to minimize exposure, call the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791

or visit: 970-212-2900 V/TDD: 711 21-23103



City of Fort Collins

EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, as well as information from the U.S. EPA Enforcement and Compliance History database (ECHO). For the latest quarter assessed by the U.S. EPA (January 2019 - March 2019), tap water provided by this water utility was in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards.

Utility details

  • Serves: 129100
  • Data available: 2012-2017
  • Data Source: Surface water
  • Total: 14

Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines

  • Chlorite
  • Chromium (hexavalent)
  • Dichloroacetic acid
  • Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
  • Trichloroacetic acid

Other Detected Contaminants

  • Barium
  • Chlorate
  • Chlorodifluoromethane
  • Fluoride
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
  • Nitrate
  • Nitrate and nitrite
  • Strontium
  • Vanadium


Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.

Sources and Resources

Fort Collins Tap Water

Fort Collins, Colorado, is located in the beautiful Colorado Mountains, where there are many ski resorts and winter attractions. Many people come to this part of the country each year to enjoy all that northern Colorado has to offer, but did you know that your drinking water can be much better than you think? This urban center is home to one of the best public treatment facilities in the country. A lot of people take advantage of the incredible health benefits it offers each day. It is widely believed that the water treatment facility in Fort Collins provides clean and healthy water for all the residents. Suppose you are traveling to the area on business or pleasure. In that case, you may want to learn more about the water treatment facility that I am talking about.

If you do not know, it is a publicly owned water treatment facility built in the early 1960s. The water is tested each day, and each filter is replaced accordingly. Every drop is tested to ensure that it meets sanitary standards and then sent out to homes and businesses. Every drop of water that leaves the plant is carefully documented so that everyone can easily track and trace where the water comes from.

The main water filtering center is located at the southern end of Faerie Road, across from the town hall. The water storage tanks are also located here, and you can drive right up to them if you want. The entire building is relatively modern. The employees go the extra mile to keep the water coming through clear and safe. Several large water tanks are responsible for storing all of the treated water, and they can be seen clearly from the road. As you can see, there is no doubt that this is the right place to be if you are having trouble with the water in your area.

Fort Collins Drinking Water

The Fort Collins water treatment services are one of the best globally, and the drinking water stored in your home or office is free from all contaminants. It’s also one of the least expensive. With a complete list of specialists that provide the Fort Collins water treatment and filtration services you’ll need, you’re sure to find the right system to suit your needs and budget.

The water supply for Fort Collins is usually treated and filtered by a water softener machine using ion exchange and activated carbon filters. The softening process removes lime and other heavier minerals that can affect the taste and odor of the drinking water. After the water passes through the softening phase, it is then prepared to go through the filtration process. Water filtration systems using two different methods are used here: carbon-based and carbon-free. If you want clean, clear, healthy drinking water, choose the carbon-free design.

Another step taken after the water has gone through the filtration process is distillation to remove any remaining particles. Distillation isn’t as effective as the other methods used, but it is cheaper, so it’s worth looking at. Once the water is filtered and purified, it is then back through the treatment plant and finally to your home or office. The water is then safe for use once again.

Fort Collins Water Quality

Fort Collins is a beautiful and charming town in the majestic Colorado Mountains. Located in the northernmost part of the northern state, it is bordered by the Colorado mountains on all sides. The beautiful scenery and endless skyscrapers in the north of Colorado beckon you to explore this small town and have a glimpse into the history and culture of the area. But you need not worry about the water quality since the city has one of the best water treatment facilities in the country. With the excellent quality of the water and the clean and healthy environment, it is no wonder why so many people are choosing to relocate to this part of northern Colorado.

There are many options for you to enjoy your time in the charming city of Fort Collins. Suppose you want to go out fishing, biking, boating, or simply strolling around the peaceful neighborhoods. In that case, you will find so many beautiful places with great attractions right within walking distance. Even if you prefer to be indoors enjoying the great shopping malls and fine dining restaurants, you will never be too far away from several exciting restaurants, nightclubs, and movies.

This beautiful part of Colorado has such fantastic weather that it seems as if the day and night will never end. Every year in June, the town celebrates its annual Jazz Festival and celebrates the town’s spirit. Fort Collins also hosts numerous pottery events where antique collectors worldwide come together to enjoy the beautiful colors of the glaze and the various styles of pottery. Another major event held in the city is the Great Outdoor Theatre Festival. Here, you can see top musical acts worldwide and enjoy the great food and entertainment the town provides.

Fort Collins Water Utilities

If you own a home in Fort Collins, then you are probably well aware of the need for reliable water service. The climate in the area is very temperate, which means that your water heater should work most of the time, even during the winter months. The problem is that winter weather can leave your water pipes freezing and clogged with mineral deposits, which will cause your water bills to skyrocket if they are not serviced regularly. Of course, suppose you live in an area like Fort Collins, where snowfall does not usually come into the area until at least June. In that case, it is even more critical to make sure that your water system is kept fully operational and free of clogs. If your home is without running water, you risk losing whatever it is that you are working to heat – and many people do not realize just how important this can be to their overall comfort and quality of life.

There are several different ways in which you can ensure that your water utility company is working correctly, though. One thing that you can do is have your faucets serviced by the city and several different water utility companies. Fort Collins has a good water supply, but there are a couple of reasons why it might not be as dependable as other cities’ supplies. While there are several different water utility companies in the Fort Collins area, only a handful of them is licensed to deliver water to homes, businesses, and parks. This oversight makes it essential to make sure that a certified company services you to provide city water. If you have any questions about what kind of water service you should be receiving, you can contact the city and ask them.

Fort Collins water utilities are a great resource for anyone who lives in the city of Colorado and anyone who wants to make sure that their home is providing a safe water supply for their family. By having your water utilities inspected every so often – or using some water prevention measure such as installing filters on your faucets or appliances like dishwashers and washing machines – you can ensure that your water is always clean and pure. Live in an area where you get your water from a different source than the one you receive through your city’s water utility company. It might also be a good idea to talk to the city about getting your water from another source, to be on the safe side.

Fort Collins Water Pollution

The Fort Collins water pollution problem is at an all-time high. It seems as though the snow flies every winter, and Mother Nature always manages to send a storm down through the Front Range, washing over farms and cities with toxic foam and dirt. Unfortunately, this doesn’t just go away on its own. Over time, the sheer amount of debris, chemicals, and pollution in the area contributes to a slowly degrading toxic layer of air that’s been sitting there in Colorado for quite some time. Hopefully, with all the recent attention on global warming and environmental awareness, this problem will begin to turn around soon.

Suppose you want to help solve the pollution in Colorado. In that case, you can do your part by calling your local county government. Fort Collins is part of Weld County, one of the most polluted areas in the entire state. You can find several different agencies in Weld and Fort Collins, which will help you with things like removing chemical debris from the air, testing the air, and dealing with water pollution.

Even if you’re not sure how to start fighting the Fort Collins water pollution, it’s a good idea to start talking to someone about it. While it may seem like a minor problem now, you never know what it will lead to in the future. There’s simply no denying the fact that the air quality in Fort Collins has deteriorated dramatically over the years, and it’s up to us as individuals to take care of it before it gets any worse.

Water in Fort Collins

The first thing you should know about water in Fort Collins is that it is treated. This means that water from Fort Collins is filtered, disinfected, and tested to make sure that it is safe for consumption. This is important because you don’t want to drink tap water and then negatively affect it. The testing occurs as part of routine maintenance for the treatment facility. However, it’s still a good idea to know whether your water is safe before you buy it or fill it up. You can usually find out this information by calling the treatment center or by contacting the city of Fort Collins on their website.

If you’re going to purchase water at the store, you need to make sure that you’re getting an entire case of water. Many stores will sell water in the can or a small bottle. These will not be as effective as a whole case because the water is already filtered and disinfected before it leaves the reservoir. You should also make sure that the water you’re getting is filtered to remove any sediment that could be harmful to your health. It would help if you also thought about purchasing an ice machine, but that depends on where you live.

Finally, you should also know that you can obtain bottled water in Fort Collins if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to the water that comes from your faucet. While water from the tap can be good for you, there are also benefits to bottled water that you might not have considered before. It would help if you considered purchasing some when you go shopping, whether you’re going to buy the water in a store or get it online.

Fort Collins Water Treatment Facility

Fort Collins is a beautiful and enjoyable town in northern Colorado with a population of less than seven thousand. The climate is warm and pleasant year round, although the spring and fall seasons are considered extreme by some, with a high number of heat waves and brief periods of extreme cold. The most recent development at the Fort Collins water treatment facility has been the installation of an ultraviolet germicidal UV lamp, which is said to have many positive health benefits. Other applications of ultraviolet radiation have been used in the production of sunscreen, energy generation, and photography. Another application being explored is the use of ultraviolet radiation to kill bacteria in the water supply.

Ultraviolet radiation will be used to kill bacteria in the water supply in the hopes of reducing the amount of bacteria that can cause harmful conditions for wildlife and humans living nearby. If this technology proves successful, it could easily be placed in other water treatment facilities throughout the country. If this type of ultraviolet radiation is shown to have positive effects on human health, it could easily be added to the lists of conventional methods of water filtration. The ultraviolet light that is produced will not harm any living organism, and the reduction of harmful microorganisms could help to prevent disease in the future. Many people feel that the addition of ultraviolet radiation to water can be accomplished more easily by a filter system than by building a tank to filter the water.

Although ultraviolet radiation has not yet been proven to have any adverse health effects, it has the potential to cause the same type of problems in human beings which are currently the cause of sickness and disease in other forms of the environment. When ultraviolet radiation is exposed to certain forms of the sun, it produces a type of cancer known as photoreactivity. When the ultraviolet radiation in Fort Collins water is exposed to the sun for long periods of time, it could increase the risks of skin cancer. When it is applied to a large water treatment facility, the number of people exposed to the ultraviolet radiation could potentially increase dramatically.

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