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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
IMPROVING IRRIGATION EFFICIENCY
For many, a lush green lawn is a symbol of proud homeownership as well as a pleasant place on which to relax or play. Lawns, however, require a lot of water--water which, depending where you live, may be in short supply. As we become more aware of our impact on the environment -- and our need for it -- we search for ways to use energy more efficiently and conserve water. Using water efficiently not only saves money, but also helps the environment. Most of us over-water our lawns, so the most important thing that we can do is learn how much water our lawn needs and the best times and methods to deliver the water. Below are tips to help you to determine if your lawn is need of watering and tips to improve your irrigation efficiency... Read more6/7/2013
DID YOU KNOW? INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT WATER DISTRIBUTION (WOODEN WATER PIPES)
It’s hard to say exactly when someone hollowed out a material for the transport of water but the Romans are generally credited with first mass use of pipes to transport water. In fact the word plumbing is derived from the Latin word for lead “plumbum”, the substance the Romans used for their water pipes. What might surprise people is that after the fall of the Roman empire another material emerged as the favored way to transport water to homes - wood... Read more5/31/2013
DID YOUR SYSTEM “SURVIVE” THE WINTER? WAKE UP THOSE IRRIGATION SYSTEMS
Picture this... The long, cold, barren days of winter have finally melted away, the snow has stopped falling and the recent daily rains have decreased and your yard has started to resemble straw. Yes, it's springtime! You now realize that it's time to fire up your lawn irrigation system. You open wide the supply valve; turn on the timer, and then stand back in horror watching as a geyser erupts in the middle of your yard! What happened? Well, in your spring-induced excitement, you neglected to properly start up your irrigation system after its long winter nap. Fortunately, this scenario is easy to avoid. Just a few simple steps before you turn on your irrigation system will protect it from immediate and unforeseen damage, as well as make it more reliable year after year.... Read more5/24/2013
WHAT A DIFFERENCE THE SPRING MAKES - DROUGHT PRICING DELAYED
If you’ve been following Denver Water’s weekly Water Watch Reports, you’ve seen their snowpack and precipitation graphs jump upward after the April and May snowfall. This is great news for our water supply, which had been abysmal since July 2011. Even with the precipitation we have received over the last two months, the watersheds that supply the District’s water still ended up below the average peak at 91 percent in the Colorado River watershed and 92 percent in the South Platte River watershed. Because of this, Denver Water has stressed the importance of May and June weather as it will impact how much mountain snow will make its way into the reservoirs that supply the District’s water. The wetter the better!... Read more3/29/2013
THEY AREN’T WASTING WATER...THEY ARE PRESERVING PUBLIC HEALTH
Every year beginning in April and concluding in October, the District flushes dead-end water mains and fire hydrants. Flushing the distribution system removes stale water and ensures that the quality of the water remains fresh and clean to meet State and Federal Standards. Since we are in a drought... Read more3/27/2013
DENVER WATER APPROVES MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS
March snows have not done enough to improve the current drought conditions. Most of Colorado is in the second year of a severe drought and above-average temperatures, which has led to low snowpack and low reservoir levels across the state. As a result, at its meeting today, the Denver Board of Water Commissioners adopted a resolution declaring a Stage 2 drought, which means customers will have two assigned watering days a week beginning April 1.... Read more3/22/2013
DROUGHT! MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS BEGIN APRIL 1ST
You no doubt have been hearing the escalating concern about drought conditions in Colorado. Recent snows have benefited parched metro Denver area landscapes, but have not significantly improved the snowpack our water system relies on. Stacey Cheney of Denver Water stated that there is still a big deficit of mountain snow that fills the reservoirs and that Colorado would need another 8 to 10 feet of snow in the high country to pull the state out of a drought. “If these conditions continue, we may face the worst drought in Denver Water’s history, and it is likely that by April 2014 we will be nearing the lowest reservoir storage we have ever seen,” Chesney said. Chesney’s statement is backed up by data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the federal agency that measures Colorado’s snowpack. "Unless Colorado sees weather patterns in March that bring well above average snowfall and precipitation to the state, there will not be much relief from the current drought conditions," the NRCS said in a statement. NCRS said the March snowpack measurement reflected a "nominal" increase, but the snowpack in the South Platte and Colorado River basins from which Denver Water receives water are 53 percent of average and 68 percent of average, respectively.... Read more