Drake Power Plant update: Small fire will not impact customers

Published: 8/21/2019  10:25 AM
​If you’ve been watching the local news since last night, you’ve likely heard about the small, isolated fire at our Martin Drake Power Plant, located just south of downtown Colorado Springs. The fire was limited internally to a single generating uni ...

Prevent high water bills during warmer weather

Published: 8/19/2019  2:38 PM
As we settle in to the hottest time of the year, we expect to use more water but is it necessary? Have you done everything you can to improve your watering efficiency? Here’s five important water-saving landscape strategies to get the most out of yo ...

Three reasons you need a rain sensor

Published: 8/7/2019  2:19 PM
​August weather can be unpredictable, alternating between 90-degree weather and monsoon thunderstorms. With the bustle of school starting and late summer routine changes, it’s a challenge to turn your sprinkler system off every time it rains-- not t ...

Smart technology powers the home of the future

Published: 7/30/2019  1:48 PM
We’re partnering with Classic Homes for the 2019 Colorado Springs Parade of Homes to showcase the parade’s smartest home yet, and to learn how smart technology will power the future.You can join us for a special 'Ask the Experts' tour with our energ ...

Innovative partnership protects 11,000 acres of critical watershed

Published: 7/23/2019  9:20 AM
​On July 23 we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to continue our partnership with the U.S. Forest Service Region 2 Office and the Colorado State Forest Service to fund critical forest management and wildfire risk mitigation projects in area ...

Water outlook after 6 months

Published: 7/18/2019  2:15 PM
I love summer. Call me crazy, but I love the hot, dry weather. If you’re like me, the weather in June frustrated you to no end! While the weather didn’t do my disposition any favors, it did do wonders for our water supply. June’s weather brought t ...

Top 10 tips to keep cool this summer

Published: 7/17/2019  1:36 PM
​As temperatures rise and we transition from the cooler months into summer, you can take some easy steps to keep an attractive landscape and a comfortable home while using energy and water wisely. These 10 tips will help you reduce overall electric ...

AMI vendor contract signed

Published: 7/16/2019  1:02 PM
After months of evaluating proposals and contract negotiations, we have signed a contract with Landis + Gyr to update our end-of-life Automated Meter Reading (AMR) system with an enhanced Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system. As part of th ...

Hundreds attend Efficiency Expo

Published: 7/9/2019  11:01 AM
​The fifth annual Efficiency Expo welcomed approximately 400 people to the Conservation and Environmental Center on Saturday, June 22. Visitors had a chance to meet with staff and participate at 25 stations to discover efficiency tips that can help ...

Five tips to reduce yardwork

Published: 7/3/2019  2:15 PM
​Are you dreaming about getting out of town for summer vacation, but don’t want to neglect your yard? You’re not alone. After putting major effort into spring landscaping, most people like to turn to other activities for the summer. Unless you have ...

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Where our water comes from   

Natalie W.  by  Natalie W.  on  4/2/2019

Snowpack coming out of Homestake TunnelIf 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 took from more than 100 miles away in the high country of the Western slope to your faucet. You just know that whenever you need the water, it’s there for you. Clean, fresh and…delicious.

The reason it’s always there for you is because of our hard-working Water Planners and Field Operations Teams. On March 21, I had the opportunity to see where our water comes from, through the Continental Divide, to the outlet of the Homestake Tunnel near Turquoise Lake. We pump the water more than 100 miles away to the Arkansas River Basin and then to our water treatment plants to deliver it to our customers’ taps.

This year, snowpack is above average, which means we won’t have room to collect every drop. The good news is that this large snowpack will give us a buffer to get through drier years. Water conveyance supervisor Kalsoum Abbasi and her team stage our water and move it around so that we can collect as much as possible. To do this, we utilize our 25 reservoirs to store the water. We are thankful for a large snowpack this year because it will help us fill all of our reservoirs this spring and summer.

Abbasi explains that because snowpack levels vary so much from year to year within Colorado, we use the data we collect from snowpack readings to figure out how much space we need to make in our downstream reservoirs so we can then collect that water from our mountain systems. Every January our Homestake crew goes out to begin taking snow reads. They will continue to do this twice a month through April so we keep a pulse on our snowpack levels.

We are pumping water out of the Turquoise and Twin Lakes Reservoirs at full capacity right now. While this is a little unusual, the reason is so we can make more room in those reservoirs for when the snowmelt does run off, so we have somewhere to put it. While you may look to mountains while skiing this weekend and see all this snowpack, it’s important to remember that although there is a ton of snowpack, all that water is still in the snow. It’s not until the snow melts in late spring or early summer that we will see our reservoirs fill up.

Planning the water supply for a city of 464,474 people and growing is no small feat. Luckily, we have some of the best water planners in the state working hard every single day to make sure that the next time you turn on your faucet, fresh mountain snowmelt comes pouring out.


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