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  2. On January 3, 2008 the Denver Water Department experienced distribution system problems which affected a large portion of the Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District from W. Bowles Ave. south to W. Chatfield Ave. and from S. Platte Canyon Rd. west to S. Pierce St. It took several hours to locate the system malfunction and as Denver Water crews worked to rectify the problem a very high water pressure surge was sent into Platte Canyon’s water distribution system. The pressure surge was so great, it resulted in six water main failures simultaneously in the area described above. Two were in the Leawood Subdivision on S. Newland Cir. and S. Depew Ct.; three in the Normandy Estates Subdivision on S. Depew St., W. Rowland, Ave., and W. Portland Dr.; and the final failure was on S. Sheridan Ct. in the Columbine Knolls Subdivision.

    The Denver Water Department provided assistance to the District to immediately isolate all of the failures and repaired two of the water mains as the District’s subcontractor repaired the remaining four. District operations staff and Denver Water crews worked diligently to restore water service to all affected customers. Both entity’s staffs worked through the night, completing the last repair early the following morning.

    Follow-up clean up and restoration of the streets and the repair of damage to customer’s property is currently being performed, again in cooperation with Denver Water.

    Providing water to our customers can sometimes be a challenge. Occasionally unforeseen problems do arise during routine operation and maintenance. The efforts put forward by the District’s operations staff and Denver Water Department crews restored water service to our customers as quickly as was possible.

    If you have any questions regarding the water main breaks experienced by the District or the clean-up and repair operations, please call Scott Hand, Operations Supervisor, at 303-979-2333.