Creating your own weather

Published: 12/5/2018  3:59 PM
​Some say weather affects their mood. I believe that we can create our own weather – like having a sunny attitude on a cloudy day.  In the utilities business, though, creating our own weather isn’t as possible. We can still choose great attitudes, b ...



Utilities Board seeks customer input

Published: 11/28/2018  1:47 PM
Colorado Springs is fortunate to operate its own community-owned utility. This means that our customers have a say in how their utility operates and plans to provide service in the future. Right now, our Colorado Springs Utilities Board and CEO Ara ...



Give thanks and get deals

Published: 11/21/2018  10:19 AM
​It's that time of the year where we give thanks for what we have, and then get some more!   With the discounts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it's the perfect time to upgrade your home with smart technology and efficient appliances. Plus, many ...



A Water Win-Win

Published: 11/15/2018  12:01 PM
​Water news from the Arkansas Valley yesterday is a win-win.  A win for farmers and a win for city-dwellers. Late Wednesday, the Fort Lyon Canal Company (FLCC) Board approved to allow a Lower Arkansas Water Management Association (LAWMA) member to ...



Creating tomorrow’s energy landscape with a new vision

Published: 11/14/2018  4:29 PM
Our world is increasingly revolving around electronics. From your Google Home to your electric vehicle and smart thermostat, the ways in which we all use energy are changing. So too are the ways in which we generate and deliver that energy to you. ...



Funding our Future | 2019 Rates & Budget Approved

Published: 11/13/2018  2:33 PM
Today Colorado Springs City Council unanimously approved our 2019 Budget and 2019 customer rates. Last summer, I was priviliged to work with a team of employees to review the 2019 budget submittal and am proud to share that the 2019 budget is nearl ...



Recognized with Platinum level HIRE Vets Medallion Award

Published: 11/13/2018  2:26 PM
There has been a strong military presence in Colorado Springs for many years, and we're proud to serve those who serve our country. Doing right by our military, though, means more than simply providing safe, reliable utility service. It also means a ...



Trick or Treat for Savings

Published: 10/31/2018  8:49 AM
Trick or treating through the neighborhood, sometimes there is one special house with a candy bowl that stands out from all the others. It’s the place with full-size candy bars. Everyone wants to be at that house with the biggest candy bars, and all ...



Project COPE provides utilities payment assistance

Published: 10/30/2018  2:46 PM
Whether it’s a home-cooked meal or a warm place to lay their heads, our customers count on Project COPE to help when times get tough. Donations to Project COPE make a difference in the lives of so many families. Project COPE is the only local organ ...



Don't be haunted by phantom load

Published: 10/22/2018  10:56 AM
​There are scary things that go bump in the night and then there are scary things that make a bump in your electrical use. Phantom (or vampire) load is the energy that things like your DVD player and microwave use, even when turned off or in standby ...



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Putting utilities on the map   

Author: Eric  by  Eric  on  4/12/2018

GIS Public PortalWhen you have a water delivery system that spans more than 10 counties, a service territory that’s more than 500 square miles, and more than 10,000 combined miles of pipes and wires to manage, mapping is a big deal!

For years, we’ve controlled all the mapping services internally, however we recently launched a new geospatial public portal. The portal is an interactive web mapping environment providing non-sensitive, four-service utility data to the public.

The mapping functionality benefits planning, engineering and construction companies who do business with us as well as all customers who want to know more about their utility or what’s happening in their neighborhood.

A few of the functions the service provides:

  • Search for a specific location or address
  • Run a query on assets, parcels, etc.
  • Generate PDF maps at no charge
  • Access to other publicly available utility documentation – Water service cards, survey control records, etc.
  • Access County Assessor information
  • Inform customers of rebate eligibility based on property location in the service territory
  • View active and planned construction project information
  • View/print/download a variety of static utility maps, including service boundary maps and construction projects by City Council district

One feature that may be most interesting to customers is the ability to view construction work. On any given day, we have crews all across the community working to improve the reliability of our systems. With the new mapping service, you can learn more about what we’re doing in your neighborhood or other projects of interest to you. The map only displays planned major projects, those lasting 2 weeks or longer.

You may not need to know where all 10,000 miles of pipes and wires are located, but having access to the information you need, when you need it is a big deal too!

 
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