Poles need love too

Published: 8/17/2018  3:00 PM
​ Did you know that every year, Colorado Springs Utilities inspects and tests 4,000 electric wood poles? It takes about 8 to 12 weeks to complete the work. In fact, that’s only a fraction of the poles that serve up power to our community. There is ...

Colorado Springs Utilities moves forward with model water-sharing agreement

Published: 8/17/2018  8:31 AM
​Over the past year, the Colorado Springs Utilities Water Resources team has been working behind the scenes on a history-shaping agreement within the Colorado water industry. Last month Springs Utilities and the Lower Arkansas Water Management Assoc ...

So easy a rabbit can do it

Published: 8/10/2018  2:19 PM
811 Day is tomorrow, and that means we’ve been reminding our customers to contact 811 before they dig. A large percentage of our electric, natural gas, water and wastewater mains and service lines are underground and out of sight, and very dangerous ...

Is an electric vehicle in your future?

Published: 7/31/2018  2:38 PM
​Are you one of the millions of Americans that say the next car they buy will be an electric vehicle (EV)? A survey released earlier this year by the American Automobile Association determined that the appetite for electric cars is heating up. The ...

Solutions to repower the Springs

Published: 7/26/2018  1:12 PM
​Many might not know, but when the Martin Drake Power Plant was constructed in 1925, it was on the outskirts of town. Almost a century later, the power generated at the plant, which is now located downtown, has helped grow this once small town into ...

Tips for wise watering during midsummer heat

Published: 7/24/2018  8:17 AM
With the recent hot, dry weather, many people have been watering their landscapes frequently. So how do you use the right amount of water to keep your landscape healthy without waste? Here are four ideas: Water enough, but not too much. You can tak ...

Expanding our renewable energy portfolio

Published: 7/16/2018  6:14 PM
We are excited to announce the start of two utility-scale solar projects that will significantly increase our amount of renewable energy to power the Pikes Peak Region. “We are committed to offering our customers a cleaner, more diverse and affordab ...

8 steps to consider before going solar

Published: 7/16/2018  1:19 PM
Solar energy helps protect the environment, diversifies our energy supply, creates energy independence and reduces our summer peak capacity requirements. But, it's a big investment and, for many, we can sometimes get paralysis by analysis. In other ...

Boulder Place Park rehab project = major win for the community

Published: 7/13/2018  10:30 AM
​             Before                                                                                     After A 10-month long rehab project for our Construction Maintenance Restoration group has turned into a community gem for hundreds of people. ...

Practice wise mulching for water savings

Published: 7/9/2018  8:49 AM
​One of the biggest secrets to growing a beautiful landscape is covering bare soil between plants with mulch. When you choose the right type of mulch, landscape plants stay healthier, and you can save water by reducing evaporation from the soil. So ...

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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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