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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Top 5 July 4 holiday safety tips   

Author: Jane  by  Jane Z.  on  6/28/2018

FireworksThe 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 holiday.

1. Reminder: Burn restrictions are in effect in the City of Colorado Springs

The Colorado Springs Fire Department Fire Marshal’s burn restrictions are currently in effect to include:

  • No recreational fires, bonfires, open or prescribed burns
  • No smoking in ALL city parks and open spaces

Fireworks: Recreational fireworks are illegal in the City, which includes anything requiring ignition to include: sparklers, snakes, aerials, comets, flares, spinners, missiles, etc. Yes, even sparklers are illegal and prohibited!

The City of Colorado Springs has pockets of El Paso County property where there are fireworks stands to purchase fireworks, but they are illegal in the City. A fire started by fireworks that threatens or damages property is a crime of arson. Possession, use and/or the sale of fireworks is subject to a fine up to $2,500 and/or up to 189 days in jail. If you hear or witness the use of fireworks being used by a neighbor, call 719-444-7000.

Fireworks hospitalize more than 9,000 people each year and 50 percent of fireworks injuries are children under the age of 14. Head to a show and leave fireworks to the professionals!

2. Prevent drowning accidents and deaths

About 1 in 5 people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive ER care for nonfatal submersion injuries.

3. Wear sunscreen!

Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection, water resistance and an SPF of 30-50. Re-apply regularly, wear lightweight, long-sleeved clothing, sunglasses and hat protection. According the Environmental Working Group, in 2015 more than twice as many American men died from melanoma as women.

4. Use alcohol responsibly

More beer is sold on July 4 than any other holiday: about 68 million cases! However, it is also the second worst day of the year (after Jan. 1) for fatal traffic accidents. Fifty-one percent of deadly car accidents are alcohol related. Designate a sober driver: A DUI could cost you up to $25,000 and your job.

5. Enjoy the BBQ but grill safely

  • Always supervise a grill when in use
  • Keep pets and children away from grills
  • Keep the grill in the open away from houses, decks and tree branches.
  • According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 9,600 home grill fires were reported annually. The leading causes were a failure to clean the grill properly or using the grill too close to something that could burn.  

Have fun and enjoy Independence Day safely with your family and friends!


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