Two independent water districts, Fort Collins-Loveland Water District and East Larimer County Water District, provide water to residents and businesses in the Town of Timnath. Beginning October 1, both districts began implementing temporary water use restrictions.

Colorado’s dry weather and drought conditions this summer and early fall have impacted our regional water reserves. This, combined with scheduled maintenance to the Soldier Canyon Damn outlet at Horsetooth Reservoir, means it’s imperative to implement temporary outdoor watering restrictions to meet the water needs of the northern Colorado community.

About the Horsetooth Outlet Project (HOP)

The Horsetooth Outlet Project (HOP) is an important maintenance project planned by the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District and the Bureau of Reclamation to repair and upgrade the Soldier Canyon Dam. This outlet plays an important role in our daily lives by supplying water to more than 220,000 residents and businesses in northern Colorado, including Timnath.

Beginning October 15, for approximately 30-45 days, the necessary upgrades will be performed as part of the Horsetooth Outlet Project. For the duration of the project, water from Horsetooth Reservoir won’t be accessible, meaning that water users will rely solely on water from other sources.

We need your help

Your temporary end to outdoor water use for the duration of the project will help conserve our water resources and ensure we meet the water needs of the community. Restricted water uses include:

  • Lawn watering
  • Residential car washing
  • Spraying or washing impervious surfaces (driveways, sidewalks, etc.)
  • Filling outdoor swimming pools or water features

Water conservation tips

Other ways to conserve water and reduce your water bill this fall include:

  • Fix leaky faucets and running toilets
  • Install high-efficiency water fixtures, including showerheads and toilets
  • Wash only full loads (dishes and laundry)
  • Take shorter showers (less than 5 minutes is best)

For questions and to learn more about the HOP project, visit