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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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We also encourage you to attend the District's Board of Directors meetings held at 8:30 a.m. on the fourth Friday of each month at the District office, 8739 W. Coal Mine Ave.
District News Articles
As part of the Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District’s ongoing Maintenance Program, District crews utilize high pressure water cleaning equipment to clean and scour District owned sanitary sewer mains throughout the year. Occasionally this equipment causes a vacuum effect in the sewer main which, if not vented through properly functioning customer-owned plumbing ventilation pipes, may result in a minor discharge from sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and floor drains in a customer’s residence. ... Read more
WHY DO YOU KEEP TALKING ABOUT FATS, OILS, GREASE (FOG)? WE'VE HEARD THIS BEFORE
ANSWER: Nearly 90% of all sewage overflows nationwide are caused by homeowners who improperly dispose of everyday fats, oils and grease (FOG). These overflows are not just public health issues, but can result in serious damage to our environment, especially pollution of our streams, rivers and lakes. Can a kitchen sink be causing problems? If you pour FOG down your drain or garbage disposal, the fats, oils and grease build up over time and constricts the flow of wastewater (similar to cholesterol build up in an artery). This ... Read more
COLORADO WATER FACTS
Just as Colorado’s topography varies from the towering Rocky Mountains in the west to the flat Eastern Plains, freshwater resources in Colorado fluctuate depending on location and elevation. Despite relatively abundant precipitation in the mountains of Colorado, most of the state is semi-arid and heavily dependent on annual snowmelt and runoff from the mountains to the plains, where a majority of the population resides and most of the state’s water is used... Read more
HIGHER THAN NORMAL WATER BILL? IT COULD BE A FLAPPER PROBLEM
Does your toilet sound like it’s flushing itself? No, you don’t have a ghost, you most probably have a flapper problem that causes your toilet to release water all on its own. And that ghostly running toilet can add up to a big waste of water in your home and is one of the leading things that will drive your water bill higher and higher.... Read more
SUMMER LAWN CARE: A LITTLE STRESS IS A GOOD THING
Grass is a very manipulative plant. When it gets hot in Colorado, lawns begin to show stress very easily. Brown patches begin to appear, the deep green color of winter and spring fade and grass’ velvety texture can turn straw-like. Basically, the lawn is throwing the plant equivalent of a tantrum – it is trying to guilt you into giving it more water. While giving in and overwatering your grass might soothe your conscience, it can lead to arrhythmia-inducing water bills. Now is the season for tough love. ... Read more
FAQS ABOUT WATER QUALITY
Platte Canyon staff routinely answers water quality questions from concerned or just curious District customers. Below are some of the most common questions the District receives: Is Southwest Metropolitan’s tap water safe to drink? Yes, our water more than meets all regulatory mandates and never has violated any standard. Drinking water is regulated through the state health department (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) and the U.S. Environmental... Read more
SMART SPRINKLER TUNE-UPS IN FOR WARM WEATHER
Did you know that your sprinkler system can use more than half the water at your home during the hot months of the year? This makes it vitally important that your system is in good working order and not leaking, clogged, spraying water into the street or exhibiting any number of problems that can waste water and lead to higher water bills. These problems can be easily overlooked because the best time to water your yard is at night or in the morning, meaning you could be sending water and money literally down the drain when you sleep. But there are easy solutions if you’re willing to spend a little time checking and fixing your system... Read more
WHAT ARE THEY DOING TO THE FIRE HYDRANTS?
Have you ever been driving down your street and noticed Platte Canyon workers pouring water from fire hydrants into the streets? While it may appear that water is being wasted, the annual process of flushing all fire hydrants is an important and necessary preventative activity that maintains and preserves the integrity of the entire water system and helps deliver the highest quality water to our customers.... Read more
HOMEOWNER RAIN BARREL BILL SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
It is now legal in Colorado - with a few limitations – for homeowners to collect precipitation into rain barrels. House Bill 1005 was signed by Governor Hickenlooper on May 12, permitting “small-capacity rooftop collection.” Under it, people will be able to collect up to 110 gallons of rainfall, in no more than two barrels, from the rooftop of a single-family dwelling, or from multi-family homes of no more than four units is to take effect on August 10, 2016. Legislation with similar goals was proposed in the past, but fell to concerns that collecting rainwater negatively affects water rights... Read more
SUMMER WATERING RULES AND TIPS
Colorado’s snow-packed mountains will fill our reservoirs, but remember that we live in a semiarid climate and must use water wisely. By using only the water you need, you can help minimize impacts to reservoirs during the hottest months of summer when reservoir levels begin to drop. Below you will find watering tips and tools to help you use only what you need. Watering Tips Water during cooler times of day - lawn watering is NOT allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. ... Read more