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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All good things must come to an end    

Natalie W.  by  Natalie W.  on  1/15/2019

Austin Bluff Tank Repair ProjectOn Oct. 2, 2018 my life changed forever when I gave birth to my first child: Liv Terese. She is the new center of my life—I never knew I could love someone as much as I love this new little human being.

Being a first-time mom has been a steep learning experience for me. I’ve already lost count of all the new things I’ve learned—like what one of the side effects is of giving a baby Amoxicillin (look it up). Another thing I learned is that car seats actually expire! Sounds crazy, right? After doing some research, I learned that the materials in the car seat can break down over time. Most car seats have a plastic shell, which can degrade, becoming brittle. 

Much like child car seats, roofs have an expiration date too. The current roof on our Austin Bluffs water tank has been in place for more than 50 years—a darn good ROI if you ask me. The 10-million-gallon tank, located in University Village, was originally constructed in 1964. Finished water storage facilities like the Austin Bluffs tank are an important part of the protective distribution system barrier that prevents contamination of water as it travels to the customer. Water tanks help equalize water demands, reduce pressure fluctuations in the system and provide reserves for firefighting, power outages and other emergencies.

Austin Bluffs Tank Repair ProjectIn the summer of 2018, a condition assessment performed by one of our engineering consultants revealed deficiencies in the tank, requiring it to be taken out of service. One of the primary deficiencies identified during this assessment was a damaged roofing system that was becoming susceptible to the elements. Because the tank is located underground, the roof sits approximately 2’ from the ground surface. As the Austin Bluffs tank is a critical component needed for delivering water to our customers, it was necessary get the tank back online and in service as soon as possible.

Since last October, our Asset Management Engineering and Project Program Delivery Team has been hard at work getting the old roof off the tank and preparing to get the new roof on. Because of their superb planning and due diligence, most of our customers will never even know we had the massive water tank offline for six months. The project is estimated to be finished by the end of April.

So although a “roof” might not surface to the top of the list when you think about things that expire, keep in mind that like with most things, roofs and car seats eventually have to be replaced too.

And because no mama can resist: here’s some Liv cuteness to fill your day.

Liv Terese
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Congrats on your beautiful baby girl!!

Thursday, January 17, 2019  4:00 PM  A Finch