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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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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