Sustainable water future: Reservoir release provides valuable data

Published: 9/25/2020  10:16 AM
  ​You may have some leaf-peeping plans this weekend and you might be particularly drawn to places in the high country. Places where you can picnic beside water surrounded by the changing aspens, sitting below skies of blue. Chances are, you’ll see ...

Planning for Future Water Supply

Published: 9/21/2020  1:30 PM
We’ve come a long way since the 1800s when we were providing water to citizens through a series of ditches while planning to bring water to town from Pikes Peak. Today we have a complex water system, including 25 reservoirs and pipelines that stretc ...

Signed Agreement for One of the Largest Battery Storage Projects in State

Published: 9/16/2020  9:11 AM
​We have signed a power purchase agreement for a 175-megawatt (MW) solar project coupled with a 25 MW, four-hour battery energy storage system with Boulder-based juwi Inc.. The 25-MW battery storage system will be one of the largest in Colorado. “T ...

Fall watering for a healthy lawn and landscape

Published: 9/4/2020  12:18 PM
​It’s been hot and dry all summer. During extreme weather conditions, it’s especially important to care for your landscape as fall arrives. Investing in fall care tasks can help your lawn and landscape survive the winter, which protects your investm ...

Rafters, recreationalists and utilities rejoice over reconnected river section

Published: 9/4/2020  11:52 AM
We recently partnered with Aurora Water to reconnect a section of the Arkansas River, benefiting water customers, rafters and recreationalists. The Homestake Arkansas River Diversion project delivers Eagle River Basin water through Homestake, Turqu ...

When the leaves are falling, weatherization is calling

Published: 9/1/2020  1:12 PM
As September is upon us, those 90-degree days are a thing of the past (hopefully). Before the frigid temperatures kick-in, we want to suggest several ways to increase energy and water efficiency to keep families safe and comfortable while shrinking ...

Top 10 Reasons Customers Don't Contact 811 Before Digging

Published: 8/10/2020  2:57 PM
​In honor of National 811 Day (8/11), I want to remind everyone of the importance of calling 811 or visiting before starting any digging project. 811 is the national number designated by the Federal Communications Commission to preve ...

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 ...

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

  by  Steve  on  10/8/2019

​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 employees operate, maintain and oversee a large and complicated network of more than 5,000 miles of mains and customer-owned service lines. Natural gas is safe when used correctly, but may become dangerous and deadly when it leaks or doesn't combust properly in appliances. That's why our natural gas employees take their role in naturalgasemployeesfontmore.jpgoverseeing our system very seriously. They place particular emphasis on continuous training, understanding the latest in leak detection techniques and staying current on safety practices.

Across our expansive natural gas service territory, you'll likely see our employees installing new natural gas pipes as part of a coordinated effort to upgrade aging infrastructure. One such project is underway near Fontmore Road and Panorama Drive. Crews are replacing approximately 4,000 feet of aging steel natural gas pipe installed in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s with new plastic pipe. Construction activities started back in August and are expected to conclude in early November, weather permitting.

While outside contractors are sometimes hired to augment our in-house crews, a bulk of the work is coordinated and performed by our employees due to their extensive knowledge of the unique characteristics of our natural gas system, our rigirous safety practices and the realization of cost savings for customers.

While our natural gas employees are working hard to maintain and operate the gas system, there are a few simple steps you can follow to keep you, your family and your neighbors safe:


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