One month after the Bomb Cyclone

Published: 4/11/2019  12:35 PM
Thank goodness this week’s storm was nowhere near the impact of the one last month. The #BombCyclone that hit us on March 13 made quite an impact on our city. Anyone who has lived in Colorado Springs – even if only for a couple of years – knows to ...

Front Range breaks records

Published: 4/11/2019  9:35 AM
As we integrate more solar energy into our grid in the coming years, some may ask, “How is power generated on cloudy days? Will the community lose power?” To ensure power quality and reliability, our grid operators work tirelessly so that our power ...

Where our water comes from

Published: 4/2/2019  2:53 PM
​If you are like most people, when you turn on the tap to wash your hands, brush your teeth or wash dishes, you never give a second thought to where that water just came from. You never think about the journey those hydrogen and oxygen molecules too ...

Meet some of the dedicated workers who bring us our drinking water

Published: 3/29/2019  8:51 AM
​When you think of dangerous jobs, you probably think of steel workers, roofers, truck drivers, pilots or construction workers. You probably don’t think of employees who work at a water pumping station. But as I discovered first-hand last week, the ...

Largest lineworkers rodeo ever comes to Colorado Springs on March 30

Published: 3/28/2019  9:30 AM
In what is estimated to be the largest national event of its kind, the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Lineworkers Rodeo is coming to Colorado Springs on Saturday, March 30. The event is estimated to bring in more than $1 million to the l ...

Continuing shift to renewables, adding storage

Published: 3/20/2019  3:45 PM
We are finalizing negotiations and, in the coming months, will award a contract for 150 megawatts of new solar generation plus a 25-megawatt battery storage system by the end of 2023. At this time, it is the largest energy storage facility announced ...

Five tips for spring landscape cleanup

Published: 3/20/2019  1:13 PM
​As winter draws to a close, your landscape is beginning to wake up. Even though your plants still look dormant, March is a wonderful time to pull on your gardening gloves and start tackling several yard care tasks. If you do these five things in th ...

APPA Lineworkers Rodeo just one of many ways employee volunteers donate their time to the community

Published: 3/20/2019  9:15 AM
​As more than a thousand competitors and spectators converge on Colorado Springs for the American Public Power Association’s Lineworkers Rodeo on March 30, 115 Colorado Springs Utilities employee volunteers will be working behind the scenes to make ...

From bomb cyclones to rodeo competitions, lineworkers embrace safety, efficiency

Published: 3/19/2019  6:23 PM
​The American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Lineworkers Rodeo is the Olympics of electric linemen – the ultimate test of skill in the profession. Colorado Springs is fortunate to host this year’s event March 29-30. On the heels of the March 12 ...

Lineworkers Rodeo just the beginning for 115 power poles

Published: 3/6/2019  1:57 PM
​On March 30, Colorado Springs will host the American Public Power Association’s Lineworkers Rodeo. The event – which will take place at the Rock Ledge Ranch – will bring in more than 78 lineworker teams, 125 lineworker apprentices, 400 total compet ...

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Funding our Future | 2019 Rates & Budget Approved   

natalie e  by  Natalie E  on  11/13/2018

2019 Proposed Rates - Residential.pngToday 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 nearly $42 million less than our 2018 budget.  Fuel costs are projected to be lower next year, but our employees deserve credit for scrubbing the budget and reprioritizing planned projects in service to you. We're serious about providing you quality services at a reasonable price.

While the overall budget is the lowest in recent history, water and wastewater budgets are $6.7 million and $1.4 million higher, respectively, to support the ability to provide safe, reliable, quality services.

Like many utilities across the nation, local water and wastewater systems are old and in need of ongoing repair and refurbishment. This is a nationwide challenge. American Water Works Association estimates more than $1 trillion is necessary over the next 25 years to upgrade U.S. water systems.

For the typical residential wastewater customer, the increase will be $0.88 per month.  With no changes to wastewater rates since 2010, much of the increase is due to inflationary costs.

Typical residential water customers will experience a monthly increase of $3.80. This funding supports a significant upgrade to the Phillip H. Tollefson Water Treatment Plant built in 1942 and ongoing work to repair and replace water mains throughout the city.

Most commercial and industrial (C&I) customers will also experience increases to base rates for wastewater and water services.

Understanding the complexities of utilities rates can be overwhelming. As a not-for-profit, community-owned utility, it's important to us that you understand what's included in your bill and what it pays for -- afterall, we set rates to cover the cost of providing you with safe, reliable services.  Check out these online tools to increase your understanding:

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Being that senior citizens cannot afford all these cost of living raises, why are you not helping us out instead of raising the cost for utilities to cover the exorbitant salary given to your high cost CEO. There is no reason what so ever to pay this type of person that much. Anyone could do the job as well, mainly because he does nothing for the citizens. He only sits there and tells everyone else how good he is and you bought it.
It is my opinion a much better city could be maintained by the people who do the work for the citizens.

Thursday, November 15, 2018  8:25 PM  Earl Miller