2018 Pikes Peak Children's Water Festival attracts 800 students

Published: 5/25/2018  10:18 AM
Anyone who knows me, knows I am a kid at heart. I love eating pizza for breakfast, riding on the biggest roller coasters at amusement parks and am OBSESSED with the Incredibles (I can't wait for Incredibles 2 to come out in a couple of weeks!). Last ...

​System improvements at Kelker Substation

Published: 5/24/2018  4:17 PM
  Moving an object that weighs 355,000 pounds is no small feat. In April we transported a new autotransformer to the Kelker Substation for installation. After completely installed, it will weigh more than half a million pounds. This enormous p ...

Tops in power reliability

Published: 5/23/2018  1:46 PM
​Safely delivering reliable power to our community is something in which we take great pride. Usually we're working behind the scenes to help you do all the great things you do. But, today, we're stepping out of the shadows to take a moment to cele ...

Drinking Water Week unlike any other week

Published: 5/8/2018  3:16 PM
​There are celebration weeks for just about everything these days. I understand if you’re suffering from celebration week fatigue, but don’t be so quick to discard the importance of #DrinkingWaterWeek, which kicked off on Sunday. Without safe and re ...

Working toward a cleaner energy future

Published: 5/3/2018  9:37 AM
To meet the renewable energy goals in our Energy Vision and respond to customers’ expectations of a cleaner energy future, we released our latest solicitation for more renewable energy projects. On April 26, we issued a request for proposals for up ...

Colorado Springs Utilities receives 2017 Discover Goodwill Award

Published: 5/2/2018  9:18 AM
​On Thursday, April 26, Colorado Springs Utilities CEO Jerry Forte and Facilities Contract Administrator Paul Brown accepted The 2017 Discover Goodwill Award at Goodwill's annual awards dinner. Each year Discover Goodwill honors outstanding busines ...

Public hearing regarding Drake Power Plant permit

Published: 5/1/2018  3:07 PM
​On May 7, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC), a division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), will conduct a public hearing on the renewal of our Title V Operating Permit for the Martin Drake Power Pl ...

Kicking off the 2018 paving season

Published: 5/1/2018  11:35 AM
Today we joined with the City of Colorado Springs to kick of the 2018 paving season! While this may not seem very exciting to you, it signifies the progress the city is making in completing 2C projects and the collaboration between Colorado Springs ...

From snow to sprinklers

Published: 4/26/2018  1:10 PM
Knock on wood, I think spring is finally loosening its grip and yielding to the inevitable change to summer. We can only hope anyway! However, as the temperatures increase so do water bills. It’s not uncommon for summer water bills to be about twic ...

Achieving a Smart City vision

Published: 4/24/2018  9:25 AM
For the past six months Colorado Springs Utilities, City of Colorado Springs and Panasonic City NOW have worked together to develop a Smart City vision for our community, known as SmartCOS. This effort was launched by Mayor Suthers with support fro ...

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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.   
Photo courtsey of BBC News. Available at: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-40246198

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