​Resolve to save in 2020 and beyond

Published: 1/15/2020  7:00 AM
It’s a new decade and a new year, and that means new resolutions. This year, consider a home energy and water efficiency resolution. Whether you are a homeowner or renter, there are a number of strategies you can adopt to lower your utilities bill ...



​Engaging youth in the future of energy

Published: 1/14/2020  1:23 PM
As a municipal utility, community input – from all ages – is key to the success of our energy planning. After all, our Energy Vision concludes with the statement “to enhance our quality of life for generations to come.” Today’s youth are our future ...



Resolve to be environmentally friendly in 2020

Published: 1/10/2020  2:23 PM
​While January is the time for many to reflect on the past year and set goals for the months ahead, consider some eco-friendly resolutions this year. These practices promote sustainability and reduce overall environmental impact. In some cases, thes ...



Saving enough water for 5,000 Olympic Pools

Published: 12/19/2019  3:25 PM
​City Council voted this afternoon to implement new Water-Wise Rules in Colorado Springs starting in 2020.  These rules are intended to encourage the wise use of water on an everyday basis, not just during times of drought or periods of water shorta ...



Exploring ways to save customers money while benefiting the environment

Published: 12/17/2019  4:47 PM
Along with Xcel Energy, Black Hills Colorado Electric and Platte River Power Authority, we announced earlier this week plans to join the Western Energy Imbalance Market (WEIM), operated by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), to save ...



Public invited to open house regarding North Union Boulevard

Published: 12/13/2019  12:17 PM
​Utility and resurfacing work scheduled to begin January 2020 We need to replace an aging water line under Union Boulevard to enhance reliability of the water system and prepare for the City’s 2C curb/gutter replacement and road paving. An open h ...



Happy Holi-Ways-to-Pay

Published: 12/10/2019  11:23 AM
In the midst of shopping, traveling, choir concerts and planning holiday parties, the last thing you need to worry about is finding your Utilities bill and remembering to pay it. We realize your life is hectic, that’s why we offer eBilling and other ...



​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 ...



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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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