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 ...

What do soccer and Colorado Springs Utilities’ credit rating have in common?

Published: 7/6/2018  9:16 AM
Let’s face it: Americans are fair-weather fans when it comes to soccer. Unlike most of the rest of the world, which support their soccer (i.e., fútbol) teams all year around, in the United States we jump on board every four years or so when it’s tim ...

Wise up with water usage texts

Published: 7/5/2018  9:15 AM
​Summer’s scorching days, breezy nights and pounding precipitation can challenge your yard care routine. At Colorado Springs Utilities, we encourage the wise use of water year-round, but particularly during dry periods. It’s important to give your l ...

Quietly setting records

Published: 6/29/2018  2:33 PM
The current heat wave has had customers running indoors to turn on air conditioners, fans, swamp coolers and anything else they have to keep them cool. All those efforts to escape the heat led to a new peak electric demand on Wednesday – which was t ...

Top 5 July 4 holiday safety tips

Published: 6/28/2018  4:23 PM
The Fourth of July usually means parades, cookouts, swimming and spending time with friends and family. But just because you are letting loose and enjoying the day off of work, you still need to be aware of your and your family's safety on the holid ...

We're efficient, how about you?

Published: 6/28/2018  3:52 PM
At Colorado Springs Utilities, we celebrate things that usually get overlooked. We pay special attention to the little things - like lightbulbs and curtains and fans. Why? Because we know how much they impact efficiency.   We ask our customers to ...

Cool tips to beat the heat and save energy

Published: 6/27/2018  9:21 AM
With high temps in the 90s again, we want to help you stay cool and save energy. Here are a few low-cost/no cost ideas that everyone can do today to be comfortable all summer long. Tips for keeping cool and saving energy 1. Drafts aren’t just a co ...

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 ...

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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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