Successful 2020 bond issue

Published: 8/4/2020  3:16 PM
Recently, we successfully issued new money and refunding bonds, selling $251.7 million in Refunding (2020 A/2020B) bonds and $85.4 million in New Money Utilities Systems Improvement Revenue (2020C) bonds. “We are extremely pleased with the pricing ...

​Blue-green Algae found at Pikeview Reservoir

Published: 8/1/2020  11:07 AM
Pikeview Reservoir, a popular fishing lake in central Colorado Springs and part of our water system, recently tested positive for blue-green algae.  While the reservoir is still safe for fishing, humans and pets are prohibited from entering the wate ...

The best native plants for your landscape

Published: 7/30/2020  1:11 PM
If you’re looking for flowers and shrubs that can tolerate hot, dry conditions with grace, take a look at our foothills landscape in the Water-wise Neighborhood of our Demonstration Garden. This garden showcases native plants that thrive when temper ...

Colorado Springs now powered by wind

Published: 7/22/2020  9:39 AM
Only days after we announced our plan to reduce carbon emissions by 80% and close our coal power plants by 2030, we added wind power to our portfolio. For the next five years, Colorado Springs will receive 60 megawatts of renewable energy from two ...

Six steps for a green summer lawn

Published: 7/9/2020  2:33 PM
​It can be a challenge to keep your lawn green and healthy during the hottest months of the year. Here are six ways to reduce brown spots while watering within the new water-wise rules. 1. Make sprinkler repairs. New brown spots are often caused by ...

Our panels. Your power.

Published: 7/6/2020  2:37 PM
​L3Harris Technologies, a global aerospace and defense innovator with offices in Colorado Springs, is among a growing number of companies seeking to make their operations even greener. Pepe Alicea, senior facilities manager, was exploring solar ener ...

Thank you: Your input helped shape our energy future

Published: 6/30/2020  4:08 PM
We're committed to a new energy future that is cost-effective, resilient and environmentally sustainable. Through our sustainable energy plan, we will: Commit to our community with industry-leading reliability and resiliency and support the econom ...

Six energy-saving summer tips

Published: 6/17/2020  10:52 AM
​It’s starting to heat up, and your energy bills might rise as you crank up the air conditioner. We’ve got six tips to help you stay cool while saving energy this summer. 1. Make sure your ceiling fans are rotating in the proper direction.When po ...

Protecting our infrastructure and our customers

Published: 6/12/2020  9:54 AM
Sometimes projects fall into our laps when we are least expecting them. That’s what happened to Jed Chambers, Kyle Hinton and Jason Messamer from the Systems Planning and Projects (SPP) division recently when they went out to look at Monument Creek ...

Six steps for your healthiest lawn

Published: 6/3/2020  8:45 AM
Enjoying a healthy, green lawn is a hallmark of Colorado summers. If you’re planning to install a new lawn this summer, here are six steps to help your project succeed. 1. Prepare the soil. Smart soil preparation is one of the best things you can d ...

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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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