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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Wastewater workers keep it flowing   

Tara K.  by  Tara K.   on  4/16/2018

Wastewater pipe maintenance crew 012.jpgEditor’s note: Tara K., Resource Recovery Facilities Manager, and her fellow wastewater employees at Colorado Springs Utilities oversee one of the most complex wastewater treatment and collection systems in the region. ​They manage approximately 40 million gallons of wastewater a day at three resource recovery or wastewater treatment facilities: 1,700 miles of collection pipe; 35,000 manhole covers; 19 lift stations; and more than 370 locations where wastewater pipes cross local creeks.

When it comes to wastewater, most of us don’t give a second thought to what happens after we use water in our homes or at work. However, for wastewater employees, after we flush or send water down a drain, their job is just getting started. These skilled men and women operate proudly behind the scenes to make sure our wastewater keeps flowing. I can’t imagine life without them! Thankfully, for one week each April, wastewater workers around the United States are recognized for their hard work and dedication to a career that manages something no one else wants to deal with – our wastewater.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper declared April 16-20, 2018, Wastewater Worker Recognition Week. Colorado Springs Utilities’ robust and reliable wastewater system, and the employees who operate it, are the first lines of defense in protecting local waterways from contaminants that could endanger both humans and wildlife and ensuring clean water is released to our environment and delivered to customers for further use. Over the years, these same workers and the facilities they manage have received industry-wide recognition for safety, performance, innovation, and leadership.

You may ask yourself, why would someone decide to be a wastewater professional? Over my 17-year Springs Utilities career, these workers have shown me passion and dedication for the work they do. They are problem solvers who often work in less than ideal conditions around the clock. Their work often goes unnoticed, but they tend to like it that way. They are a humble group who prides themselves on exceeding customer expectations and keeping our wastewater flowing – every day of the year.

 
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