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Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District is honored to provide water distribution and wastewater collection services to 6,806 residences and businesses in western Arapahoe and eastern Jefferson Counties. The District appreciates the opportunity to communicate timely news and information about its services and related topics to citizens, builders, vendors, and other interested parties by use of this website.
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District News Articles
TOO CUTE TO POLLUTE? THE SCOOP ON PETS, POLLUTION, AND WATER QUALITY
Looks, size, and diet don’t matter – pets can pollute if you don’t pick up after them. That’s because pet waste left on the ground eventually contaminates the watershed. Waste components like fecal bacteria and nutrients are washed into storm drains, streams, and other receiving waters by irrigation, rain, melting snow, and flooding. They can also simply leach through the soil and into the groundwater. Even waste from smaller pets can have an impact on the local water environment. It doesn’t take long for one pet’s daily contribution to accumulate into a harmful quantity. Pet waste steals oxygen from the water, killing fish and other wildlife and plants. Nutrients from animal waste feed algae growth that can degrade water quality. The related bacteria can also cause sickness and threaten a community’s economic vitality. Whether left in an area that is rural or urban, wet or dry, wooded or open fields, paved or unpaved, or even your own backyard, pet waste can end up contaminating the watershed.... Read more
COLD WEATHER IS ON THE WAY TIME TO WATCH THE FORECAST
You wake up on a cold morning and go to turn on the water…and nothing happens. This scenario is a common problem during Colorado’s cold fall and winter months - frozen or broken household pipes. The same natural forces that trigger cold-weather breaks in Platte Canyon's underground water mains can cause pipes to freeze and/or burst in your own plumbing systems. In the next couple of weeks customers should be prepared to watch the weather forecast for the arrival of cold weather. Very cold weather can come any time at the beginning of October and the average first frost in the Denver area is October 7th. A hard freeze before systems are winterized could result in expensive repairs. Here are some tips to help you prepare when cold winter weather hits:... Read more
DEEP ROOT WATER TREES TO PREPARE FOR WINTER
Most of us don’t think about the fact that trees need water during the winter. They drop their leaves and go into an apparent dormant state, so we tend to forget about them. What we don’t realize is that beneath the ground there is still plenty of activity going on. The roots continue to grow throughout the winter and need adequate water to survive. There are few outward signs of drought stress on deciduous trees during the winter. During months when they have leaves, drought is noticeable because of leaf yellowing, wilting, curling at edges, brown tips, and dropping leaves. During the winter though, there are no leaves to act as drought indicators. Evergreens on the other hand, may turn yellow, red or purple. They also may turn brown at the tips of the needles and the browning may progress through the needle towards the twig. Often times, drought stress may not kill a tree outright but it will set it up for more serious secondary disease and insect infestations in following years. To insure a good growing season, care must be taken to supplement the water needs of the trees throughout the year. ... Read more
EBOLA NOT A WATERBORNE ILLNESS
Water utilities have begun receiving inquiries regarding Ebola. Below are a few facts and resources to reinforce that Ebola cannot spread through the water supply. The Ebola virus causes an acute illness that is often fatal with a death rate of up to 90%. Ebola virus disease first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks, one in a remote area of Sudan and the other in a village near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo, from which the disease takes its name. The current outbreak in West Africa (the first cases reported in March 2014) is the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the Ebola virus was first discovered. The current outbreak has spread through both urban and rural areas. Ebola is not a foodborne, waterborne, or airborne illness. The virus is transmitted to humans... Read more
FALL LAWN CARE WILL PAY DIVIDENDS IN THE SPRING!
Many homeowners stop watering in early fall however historic rain fall data shows that about ½ an inch per week of irrigation can still be needed in the fall to maintain healthy turf for the start of winter. If the lawn is stressed going into winter this can cause problems in the spring. The fall is a good time to get the grass into good shape after a hot summer. Fall watering is also essential for late season fertilization to work most efficiently.... Read more