Colorado Springs non-profit benefits from settlement agreement

Published: 4/17/2018  9:39 AM
​“Funds from this settlement will help local families maintain a safe and healthy quality of life by making critical energy efficiency improvements to their homes. These improvements will help families save money they can put towards medicine, food ...

Wastewater workers keep it flowing

Published: 4/16/2018  9:43 AM
​Editor’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 ...

Committed to the environment

Published: 4/12/2018  11:56 AM
​April 22 is Earth Day, a day in which we celebrate our support for the protection of our enivronment. Our customers and community rely on us to meet their utility needs, and they also expect us to responsibly manage the environmental impact of thei ...

Putting utilities on the map

Published: 4/12/2018  9:23 AM
​When 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 ...

Next steps for potential SPP membership

Published: 4/4/2018  2:12 PM
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April water outlook

Published: 4/4/2018  9:37 AM
April showers bring May flowers. At least that’s how the saying goes. However, those showers might be a little hard to come by this year as drought conditions are expected to persist across the state. Long-range forecasts suggest drier conditions t ...

CEO announces retirement

Published: 3/21/2018  7:05 PM
​Colorado Springs Utilities CEO Jerry Forte will retire May 30, 2018. Forte, 63, who has been with the municipally-owned utility 16 years, informed the Utilities Board of his decision Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Utilities Board Chairman Tom Strand s ...

Treat your landscape like your skin during the winter

Published: 3/13/2018  4:37 PM
​My skin is a testament: It's been a warm and dry winter. I probably need to increase my water intake and become more serious in my use of moisturizers if I don't want to appear much more mature than I am. ​  Guess what? Our landscapes are experie ...

Women in Construction Week

Published: 3/8/2018  10:33 AM
It’s Women in Construction Week, and I was asked to write about my experience as a woman in a male dominated field, which I thought would be easy enough, right? I mean, the people I work with are predominately male in the construction industry, whic ...

Our water and the Tooth Fairy

Published: 2/28/2018  11:23 AM
​It’s National Tooth Fairy Day! What a great day to talk about our water quality and your teeth! We’re fortunate to have one of the finest sources of drinking water in the nation…the Rocky Mountains. Most of our water comes directly from high count ...

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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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