Four fall tips to brighten your landscape

Published: 9/9/2019  9:34 AM
​After Labor Day, many landscapes may look dull, especially if most of the flowering plants bloom in early summer. Fortunately, September is a wonderful month to add a few more plants to your landscape. The soil is warm and the air temperatures have ...

CSFD releases report on Aug. 20 fire at Drake Power Plant, Unit 7 will be back online later today

Published: 8/28/2019  2:26 PM
​Thanks to the efforts of our dedicated employees, Unit 7 at the Martin Drake Power Plant is scheduled to be put back into service later today after a small, isolated fire last Tuesday night. Per the Colorado Springs Fire Department announcement bel ...

We're transforming public spaces with water-wise plants

Published: 8/22/2019  12:17 PM
Our water-wise plant experts are partnering with the City of Colorado Springs to bring sustainable landscapes to public spaces, while broadening the availability of water-wise plants for the public. Springs Utilities staff from the Conservation and ...

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 ...

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Wastewater employees embody dedication and the essence of public service   

  by  Steve B.  on  4/23/2019

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​The men and women who make up our wastewater team are truly an amazing bunch of people. They go places and see and touch things that most of us would prefer to avoid – basically, they’re helping to get rid of everything we put down the toilet or sink. Yet, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more positive, more committed and more pleasant group of people.

The entire Colorado Springs community is fortunate to have our wastewater employees and thankfully April 21-27 is designated as Wastewater Worker Recognition Week so we can extend our thanks and appreciation to them.

It’s no coincidence that Wastewater Worker Recognition Week falls during the same week as Earth Day.  Wastewater workers play a vital role in protecting our environment. A robust and reliable wastewater system, and the employees who operate it, are the first lines of defense in protecting local waterways from contaminants that could endanger both humans and wildlife.

For most of us, after waste leaves our toilets or sinks it’s better off forgotten. However, once this water enters the wastewater collection system, there are teams of operators, maintenance personnel, laboratory workers, pre-treatment workers, administrative workers, inspectors, and engineers who are actively working to ensure that wastewater is safely collected, treated and returned to the environment.

Our wastewater employees have a particularly unique and challenging mission as they operate one of the largest, most complex wastewater systems in the region. After a rough stretch more than a decade ago, our wastewater system is now one of the premier systems in the United States. This industry-leading record of reliability is largely owed to the hard work of our wastewater employees.

Some stats on our wastewater collection and treatment system:

  • More than 1,700 miles of pipe
  • Approximately 36,457 manholes
  • 19 lift stations
  • Three water resource recovery facilities (wastewater treatment)
  • On average, we treat more than 39 million gallons of sewage a day

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