Creating tomorrow's energy landscape

Published: 9/20/2018  12:36 PM
​Yesterday we took a big step forward in demonstrating our commitment to renewable energy. Our Utilities Board approved the addition of 150 megawatts of new solar generation plus battery storage to our system by 2024. The project will bring our re ...

Baseball, Football and Fall Prep

Published: 9/11/2018  8:14 AM
September is likely my favorite month in Colorado.  In the daytime, it feels like we're getting a second chance at summer, yet, nighttime brings us cool, crisp air. Football season is underway and baseball gets exciting. Our tradition, with Broncos ...

Changing the current collaboratively

Published: 9/6/2018  12:18 PM
When I first traveled through this area in the 1980s I was amazed at its natural beauty. I fell in love with the region, though, in the late 1990s when we decided to call it our home. Like any true love, it gets better with time. Colorado Springs is ...

Labor Day Weekend Checklist: To-dos for fall energy savings

Published: 8/30/2018  1:18 PM
As you may know, Labor Day is a federal holiday to recognize contributions that workers make to our society. The last thing we want to do on your holiday is to add to your workload. But a little effort this weekend can pay off with energy savings al ...

Top three tips for late summer lawn care

Published: 8/27/2018  3:51 PM
With the start of school, football season and trips to the mountains to see the aspens change color, it can be easy to forget about your lawn. Nonetheless, late summer is an important time to fertilize and adjust your watering schedule. By providin ...

Analytics driving force behind enhanced fire hydrant tracking & maintenance

Published: 8/24/2018  8:56 AM
​When it comes to fire hydrants, the coverage area is extensive, the stakes are high and the margin for error is slim. There are approximately 18,000 hydrants under Colorado Springs Utilities’ purview and each are expected to work when needed. Howev ...

CEO finalists announced

Published: 8/23/2018  1:00 PM
​Today, the Colorado Springs Utilities Board of Directors announced the top three finalists for the position of Chief Executive Officer. Former CEO Jerry Forte retired on May 30, 2018, after 12.5 years with Springs Utilities. Nearly 130 candidates ...

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 a ...

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 Asso ...

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 ...

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Our water and the Tooth Fairy   

Author: Eric  by  Eric  on  2/28/2018

girl drinking waterIt’s National Tooth Fairy Day! What a great day to talk about our water quality and your teeth!

We’re fortunate to have one of the finest sources of drinking water in the nation…the Rocky Mountains. Most of our water comes directly from high country snowmelt, which means we are primarily first-time users of the water. In other words, the Tooth Fairy should collect some good teeth here in Colorado Springs!

One topic that always comes up when referring to our water and teeth is fluoride. But what is fluoride and what does it do?

Your mouth contains bacteria that feed on the sugars in the foods we eat and the beverages we drink. The process produces acid that can wear away the hard, outer enamel shell of your tooth – which can lead to cavities.

Fluoride is a compound found naturally in many places, including soil, food, plants, animals and the human body. It reduces tooth decay by strengthening the enamel and by inhibiting the formation of acids that attack the tooth surface.

Due to it’s success in preventing cavities, fluoride in water was named a top public health achievement of the 20th century. While some communities add fluoride to their water, we do not. The fluoride in our drinking water results from what occurs naturally in our source water.

If you’re drinking tap water, you’re bathing your teeth is small amounts of fluoride throughout the day. It’s important to note that not all bottled water contains fluoride. So, check the labels, or simply fill your bottle from the tap. It’s easy and less expensive!

We know every time you turn on the tap, the quality is what matters the most. That’s why we take water quality very seriously. Our laboratory staff monitors your drinking water carefully, conducting 400 tests each month.

While we can’t prevent your pearly whites from falling out or the Tooth Fairy from gathering them up, we will do our part to help you keep them as healthy as possible!


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The fluoride debate has continually popped up around the country and I for one, am happy that we do not add more fluoride than what is naturally in our water.

Thank you!

Thursday, March 01, 2018  10:28 AM 

So how much fluoride is in our water compared to communities that do add it?

Friday, March 09, 2018  10:44 AM 

The maximum amount of fluoride allowed in drinking water is 4 parts per million (ppm). In our 2017 Water Quality Report, our average fluoride level was 0.54 ppm. You can learn more about water quality and fluoride on our Water Quality page.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018  1:08 PM  Eric