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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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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