Index: Environment / Subcategory: Use of Resources / Measure: Water Consumption

Water Consumption - Charts

Date updated: 03/19/2013

What this chart shows: Per Capita Water Consumption in Fort Collins and Loveland, 2003-2012

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What the above data tell us: Throughout the past decade, per capita water usage in Fort Collins and Loveland was similar. On average over the last decade, Loveland consumed minimally more gallons of water per person per day than Loveland (153.4 gallons per person per day, compared to 153.0 in Fort Collins).

The largest decrease in water usage was seen between 2006 and 2009 when average per capita use declined by 37 gallons per person per day in Fort Collins and 46 gallons per person per day in Loveland due to drought and ensuing water restrictions.

Average per capita per day domestic water consumption is defined as the average amount of water used each day divided by the population of the city or town. This measure includes water used for drinking, bathing, and watering lawns. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the average United States citizen used about 98 gallons of water per person per day in 2005. In comparison, Coloradoans used 121 GCPD, the 11th highest state in the nation. Nevada, at 190 GCPD ranked #1.

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What this chart shows: Residential Water Consumption in Fort Collins and Loveland, 2003-2012

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What the above data tell us: Between 2003 to 2012, Loveland consumed an average of 3.6 billion gallons per year, compared to 8.3 billion gallons in Fort Collins during the same period.

Residential water consumption in Fort Collins and Loveland has fluctuated over the past decade. The reason for this fluctuation is most likely due to the availability of water and restricted use regulations put into place during low availability years.

In 2005, Coloradoans consumed 121 gallons per person per day for residential purposes. In 2012, Fort Collins and Loveland residents used 166 gallons of water per person per day.The City of Fort Collins provides useful tips on ways to save both water and energy.

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What this chart shows: Commercial Water Consumption in Fort Collins and Loveland, 2003-2012

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What the above data tell us: Between 2003 and 2012, commercial water usage decreased in Fort Collins (20 million gallons or 0.6%) and increased in Loveland (500 million gallons or 61.2%). Fort Collins experienced peak industrial water usage in 2006 (3.6 billion gallons). Loveland's highest usage was seen in 2012 (1.3 billion gallons), which could be a sign of industrial growth.

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Data Tables:

Per Capita Water Consumption (Gallons Per Person Per Day)

Fort Collins

Loveland

2003

154

145

2004

146

137

2005

155

153

2006

172

179

2007

162

165

2008

153

160

2009

135

133

2010

146

147

2011

141

149

2012

166

166

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Residential Water Consumption (Millions of Gallons)

Fort Collins

Loveland

2003

3,964

2,217

2004

3,607

2,143

2005

3,876

2,392

2006

4,350

2,747

2007

4,068

2,593

2008

3,824

2,604

2009

3,351

2,230

2010

3,753

2,472

2011

3,586

2,521

2012

4,110

2,871

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Commercial Water Consumption (Millions of Gallons)

Fort Collins

Loveland

2003

3,351

817

2004

3,376

819

2005

3,389

961

2006

3,648

1,254

2007

3,557

1,195

2008

3,378

1,183

2009

3,023

988

2010

3,095

1,101

2011

3,058

1,149

2012

3,331

1,317








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