Freeing you from flannel on Valentine's Day

Published: 2/14/2018  1:23 PM
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Colder weather means higher bills

Published: 2/8/2018  9:50 AM
Often, when I talk to friends on the east coast, they are surprised how mild the winters in Colorado can be compared to the northeast. This winter has been mild as well, with the exception of a string of days in late December, when we finally got hi ...

Animals & Predictions

Published: 2/5/2018  4:03 PM
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2017 Highlights

Published: 1/31/2018  1:27 PM
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There's still time to weatherize

Published: 1/17/2018  10:46 AM
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​Local students recently participated in FIRST LEGO League’s robotics challenge

Published: 12/27/2017  2:03 PM
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​Drake decision to provide more energy options

Published: 12/20/2017  11:48 AM
The energy industry is changing. To power our city, we are adopting new, efficient and sustainable technologies to better serve our customers and reduce our impacts on the environment. To do this, our Utilities Board on Monday decided to accelerate ...

Collaborating with key community stakeholders

Published: 12/14/2017  9:45 AM
Our Utilities Board is providing a strategic vision as we continue to prepare for the many changes ahead in the utilities industry and our community. Its focus on maintaining competitive rates, while also providing safe and reliable services, illust ...

Top in the nation to restore power

Published: 12/8/2017  10:10 AM
Keeping the lights on is the number one priority for us as an electric utility, and the challenge is greater than ever with everything from weather-related outages to cyber threats. We maintain a high level of reliability due to our dedicated first ...

2018 Rate Changes Approved

Published: 11/28/2017  2:42 PM
When talking about money no one wants to hear about an increase unless it's related to salary, a dividend check or some other sort of payout. Otherwise, we're really only interested in decreases, like the discounts many take advantage of on Black Fr ...

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​​​Cease the grease and steer clear of fatbergs this holiday season    

Mark M.  by  Mark M.   on  11/17/2017
FatbergRecently, a fatberg was discovered in a London sewer the size of 11 double-decker buses, the largest ever discovered. The fatberg was a massive fat, oil and grease (FOG) blockage in the city’s sewer line.

No matter the size of a FOG blockage, it can create a messy, inconvenient and expensive problem for utilities and customers alike.

FOG buildup is especially a problem during the holiday season when meals are larger and higher in fat content.

After your Thanksgiving meal, please remember to discard FOG into the trash, rather than the kitchen sink or garbage disposal.

One of the best ways to ‘cease the grease’ is to pour it into a can and cover it until it cools. Once it hardens, simply throw the can away.

An important reminder: Springs Utilities maintains the community’s wastewater collection and treatment system. Our customers are responsible for the maintaining their wastewater service lines from their home to the main sewer line.

Without prevention and proper maintenance, service line repairs can cost a homeowner thousands of dollars. We recommend customers have their wastewater service lines inspected and cleaned professionally on a regular basis, at least once every two years.

Springs Utilities also follows a wastewater main cleaning and maintenance schedule. Under normal circumstances, this ranges from six months to five years.

So, please remember this holiday season to defend your drains and steer clear of fatbergs.   
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