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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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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