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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Don't Super Bowl blitz your wastewater lines   

Author: Eric  by  Eric  on  2/1/2019

Referee​Super Bowl gatherings will be everywhere on Sunday and, whether you’re cheering for your favorite team or simply huddling up with friends for a party, you may not even realize all the blitzing and sacking happening off the television.

For many, the best part of the day – especially if you don’t have a rooting interest in the game – is the food. Pizza, hot wings, chips and dip, chili, burgers, anything deep fried…you might see it all at one party! But, what happens to all the leftovers or partially eaten food?

Before you slide that guacamole, creamy cheese dip or greasy meat down the disposal in your sink, give it your best ‘Omaha, Omaha’ and call an audible! Anything with fat, oil and grease – and let’s face it, that will be almost everything on Sunday – should not go down the drain.

Fat, oil and grease – or FOG, as we call it – sticks to your pipes like an offensive lineman holds a rushing defensive end. Instead, dump all that wasted deliciousness in the trash. Wipe greasy pots and pans with a paper towel before washing. Pour all that oil from the deep fryer into a can, put it in the freezer and then toss it in the trash.

Let me put it into a football analogy. Pouring FOG down the drain would be similar to seeing your kicker pull his hamstring in the second quarter. Sure, he made the kick and all seems well at the time, but then the fourth quarter rolls around. Your team is in position to win the game, but you don’t have a backup kicker. Mr. Reliable can’t even swing his leg and misses a chip shot. Oh, the agony of a Super Bowl loss.

In this comparison, your kicker is like your wastewater pipes. They’re fine during the Super Bowl though they’re hurting from all that greasy food going down the drain. But then, maybe a few weeks, months or even a year later, after all that fatty food solidifies in a pipe somewhere under your home, and the only backup you have is the wastewater one in your home. Oh, the agony!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you shouldn’t enjoy all the wonderful food that is sure to be plentiful this weekend. (To prove it, here’s a link to Sports Illustrated’s Super Bowl recipe guide.) Just remember, you may get flagged for unnecessary roughness later if you blitz your pipes on Sunday.

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And, remember, "Flushable" wipes really should not be flushed down the toilet!

Thursday, February 09, 2017  10:58 AM  Steve