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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 ...



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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 ...



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Published: 8/10/2018  2:19 PM
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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 ...



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Published: 7/26/2018  1:12 PM
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Published: 7/24/2018  8:17 AM
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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 ...



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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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​Local students recently participated in FIRST LEGO League’s robotics challenge   

by  Birgit L., Senior Conservation Specialist   on  12/27/2017

Drip Drip Drop ProblemLocal students recently participated in the first FIRSTLEGO League’s robotics challenge.

This year’s theme was the Human Water Cycle and Solving a Hydrodynamic Challenge. Teams completed three parts:

•  Identify a real-world water-related challenge, find a solution and present their ideas to a panel of judges;
• Design a robot that can complete several missions such as replacing a broken pipe, flushing a toilet and capturing rain water; and
• Demonstrate FIRST LEGO League Core Values of respect, teamwork, collaboration, and friendly competition.

Colorado Springs Utilities helped several teams identify real-world water challenges, provided tours of our facilities and volunteered to judge at the regional event. Many teams advanced to the state competition in Denver. 

Providing support for the Robotics challenge gave us a chance to promote the value of water in our community and inspire students to consider a career in water services. 

Congratulations to all participating teams, including Skyway Neighborhood Techneers, Mountain View Elementary H2O Agents, Pioneer Elementary Hydro Heroes, Pinon Valley Elementary, Rockrimmon Elementary and Manitou Springs Middle School.


Water challenges: Local students designed LEGO robots to conduct several water-related tasks on the Lego board.  Projects ranged from water conservation and water reuse to micro-hydro generation and developing a low water-dispensing toothbrush.

 
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