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Gross Reservoir Expansion Update

Denver Water attained final federal approval for their Gross Reservoir Expansion Project in mid-July.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ordered Denver Water to proceed with design and construction to expand Gross Reservoir in Boulder County, which involves raising the dam an additional 131 feet. This will increase the capacity of the reservoir by 77,000 acre-feet and provide an additional 25 billion gallons of water storage.

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The District would like to recognize its operators for their diligent work maintaining and repairing our water and sanitation infrastructure during a difficult time. District customers continue to receive safe and reliable water distribution throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

District operators are responsible for the operation and maintenance of water distribution and wastewater collection infrastructure as well as all buildings, vehicles and all supporting facilities owned by the District.

Keep Wipes out of the Pipes!

Companies heavily advertise their "flushable" wipes, but plumbers make a lot of house calls that involve clogged toilets, backed up sewer lines, and flooded basements caused by moistened wipes. Most wastewater experts will tell you that there's no such thing as a flushable wipe. Flushable wipes may flush down the toilet just fine, but so will your keys, phone, or jewelry.

While clogs can develop from any number of items, plumbers will now tell you that one of the most common causes of clogs today are moistened wipes (non-flushable and flushable).

Why is hydrant flushing necessary?

Hydrant flushing is necessary to maintain the high-quality water that is delivered to district customers.

It might be painful to watch clean drinking water bursting from a hydrant to be squandered into the street, especially with 100% of the state officially in a drought, but there are vital reasons for this. Besides being necessary to maintain high water quality, hydrant flushing assures that hydrants are in proper working condition in the event of a fire.

Is your water bill higher than normal?

This time of year, the District sees an exceptional increase in the number of calls from customers reporting high consumption on their most recent water bill. In several, but not all cases, the increase is a result of a leak that the customer did not realize they had and many times on their irrigation system. Here are some ways you can troubleshoot the cause of your higher water bill on your own.