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
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Published: 9/4/2020  12:18 PM
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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 ...



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Published: 9/1/2020  1:12 PM
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Published: 8/10/2020  2:57 PM
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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 ...



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Protecting our infrastructure and our customers   

Margaret R.  by  Margaret R.  on  6/12/2020

Unitah projectSometimes 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 north of Uintah Bridge.

They went to assess the need for a future project. But what they found was a 42-inch wastewater line paralleling the creek that was threatened with exposure because of erosion along the creek bank.

“We were really glad we happened upon that wastewater pipeline while we were in the field, because our organization has a huge commitment to protect our waterways from sanitary sewer overflows,” said Hinton. “We immediately began work to implement a solution before thunderstorm season.”

Before long, the project was designed and out for bid. The project began in early March and was finished in late May. The resulting wall is 750-feet long, three boulders tall, (about nine feet), made up of 600 tons of granite and quartzite boulders with grout in between.

The $500,000 project was funded by the Sanitary Sewer Creek Crossing program's capital budget.

Construction took place in historically-important North Monument Creek Park and hikers, bikers and neighbors accommodated the construction traffic in stride amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A special thanks goes to City Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services who was a tremendous partner on this project.

 
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