​New solar array now powering Colorado Springs

Published: 12/6/2019  4:37 PM
Get a bird's eye view of our latest renewable energy project, the Grazing Yak Solar Project. Consisting of more than 119,000 panels on 278 acres near Calhan, Colo., Grazing Yak will provide 35 megawatts of electricity to our customers. That is enoug ...

Would you drink the fat?

Published: 11/25/2019  11:00 AM
What’s your favorite part of the traditional Thanksgiving meal? The turkey? The stuffing? The pecan pie? (My problem is I love it all.) What’s the worst part of the Thanksgiving meal? Cleaning up! After spending half the day preparing and then an ...

2020 Budget & Rates Approved

Published: 11/12/2019  4:39 PM
​Today, Colorado Springs City Council approved our budget and customer rates for 2020. The 2020 budget is $954.4 million, slightly higher (1.9 percent) than the 2019 approved budget appropriation. "The 2020 budget supports our mission to offe ...

LEDs are scrooge-approved

Published: 11/12/2019  4:28 PM
Untangling holiday lights never made anyone merry. Each year, our family tries to get a little more creative with ways to avoid our growing jumble of tangled up lights. We’ve found new and interesting battery powered decorations, projection lights, ...

Goals set for future energy plan; public survey now open

Published: 10/17/2019  10:20 AM
​Work on our Electric and Natural Gas Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) continues as planning goals were established thanks to public input. The Electric and Natural Gas IRPs will consider many views of the future to help determine how we will best ...

Make the most of your fallen leaves

Published: 10/10/2019  8:23 AM
Every year, I look forward to when the trees in my yard turn beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red. But I know what’s next--a thick layer of leaves on my lawn that must be dealt with. Not exactly my idea of a fun autumn afternoon. Luckily, a ...

It's Public Natural Gas Week - A reminder of how both employees and customers help keep our natural gas system safe

Published: 10/8/2019  4:53 PM
​This year, October 6-12 is Public Natural Gas Week, a time when communities such as ours give recognition to one of their most valuable community assets—their publicly owned natural gas utility. At Colorado Springs Utilities, our natural gas emplo ...

Customer Service Week - The Magic of Serving You

Published: 10/8/2019  4:22 PM
​October 7-11 is Customer Service Week, an international celebration of the importance of customer service and of the people who serve and support customers on a daily basis. In 1992, the U.S. Congress proclaimed Customer Service Week a nationally r ...

10 fall tips to use energy and water wisely

Published: 10/2/2019  3:41 PM
​October is Energy Action Month, a time to encourage the community to contribute to sustainability efforts by learning more about energy efficiency and practicing smarter energy use. As the cooler months approach, consider our low-cost or no-cost ti ...

​Public Power: Rich history and bright future

Published: 10/1/2019  4:24 PM
Our early citizens understood the value of public power ownership, voting in 1924 to create their own municipal utility. Today, public power is as relevant and valuable as it was nearly 100 years ago. Colorado Springs Utilities is one of nearly 2,0 ...

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Celebrating the men and women who provide our water during Drinking Water Week   

Earl Wilkinson  by  Earl Wilkinson, Chief Water Services Officer  on  5/2/2019

Boy drinking waterDrinking Water Week is a great opportunity to celebrate and focus on the men and women that provide safe, reliable and high-quality drinking water to our homes, businesses, and schools.

Recently I traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies yearly spring conference. At the conference there were numerous political speakers who highlighted various areas associated with drinking water. Congressman Paul Tonko from New York began his speech with a simple but powerful statement: “Every life and every job depend on clean water.” Congressman Tonko is the Chairman of the Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee, dedicating his political career to water quality. Congressman Tonko understands our livelihood is intrinsically connected to clean water.

In Colorado Springs, we know our water system is one of the most complex systems in the State of Colorado, if not the country. However, it is important to remember that this system cannot function successfully without the dedicated and essential men and women of the Water Services Division to operate, maintain, protect and enhance it.

With no major river nearby, more than 70 percent of our drinking water is delivered to the community from high mountain reservoirs, which can be located 100 miles away. In fact, much of our raw water delivery system travels across 10 Colorado counties.

In all, our water delivery, treatment and distribution systems include 25 water storage reservoirs that we maintain, 259 miles of raw water pipe, six treatment plants, 37 water storage tanks and 2,123 miles of distribution pipe.

Every individual in the Water Services Division contributes to the system operating and functioning properly, it does not matter if they are engineers, planners, lawyers, pipefitters or leak survey specialists. I am proud and honored to serve alongside these selfless individuals in providing our customers with the best water on the Front Range, and yes, I am terribly and shamelessly bias.

As consumers, we also must be leaders in protecting our own drinking water, and continue to provide that protection to our downstream neighbors’ water. It doesn’t take much to make a big difference. Here are a few things you can do:


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