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Published: 4/11/2019  9:35 AM
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Wastewater employees embody dedication and the essence of public service   

  by  Steve B.  on  4/23/2019

Wastewater Collection Team wwtreatmentphoto.jpg

​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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