Tips for Wise Watering During Mid-Summer Heat

Published: 6/20/2018  12:17 PM
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 ...

Preparing for our energy future

Published: 6/18/2018  7:54 PM
We have the technology, expertise and dedicated staff to retire the Martin Drake Power Plant and continue adding more environmentally friendly generation to our system. While we can’t close the plant tomorrow, we have an experienced team now planni ...

The loudest lullaby signals water leak

Published: 6/14/2018  11:03 AM
​I headed to bed after my shower. As I began to relax, I could hear a loud, continuous drip drop sound coming from my bathroom.  This quickly became an annoying distraction as I tried to close my eyes. Even more so, I began to dread how much money ...

Take two wheels to work! Bicycle to Work Day Corporate Challenge

Published: 6/12/2018  8:33 AM
​Wednesday, June 27, 20186 a.m. – 9 a.m. Bike to Work Day on June 27 encourages bicycling for personal and community health, alternative transportation, recreation and sustainability. Register today because…   •  It’s healthy: Bicycling is a grea ...

Safe removal of abandoned pipelines

Published: 6/11/2018  11:45 AM
Environmental stewardship and safety are important parts of our business practice. Our customers and community rely on us to meet their utility needs, and they also expect us to responsibly manage the environmental impact of their services. This inc ...

Come to our Efficiency Expo for an expo-nential good time!

Published: 6/5/2018  2:06 PM
Have you ever thought about how the little things you do every day can make a big difference for our community? Want to make some changes but don’t know where to start? We are here to help! Drop by our free Efficiency Expo on June 9 from 9 a.m. to ...

Dam safety and flood awareness

Published: 5/30/2018  9:50 AM
Water is one of our most precious resources. Our lives depend on it. Throughout history, people have built dams to maximize use of this vital resource. Dams provide a wide range of range of benefits, including recreation, flood control, water suppl ...

Irrigation season begins - Please use water wisely

Published: 5/29/2018  12:05 PM
​Although we've had a dry year in Colorado Springs, the trees, flowers, shrubs and lawns are springing into bloom. We recognize that a beautiful yard enhances your quality of life and your property value. With a three-year water supply in storage, ...

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 ...

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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