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  2. A routine activity District operations personnel perform is Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) Maintenance.

    This program is necessary due to the fact that there are various elevations throughout the District which affect water pressure delivery. The higher the elevation the lower the water pressure. In turn, the lower the elevation the higher the water pressure. It is the goal of Platte Canyon to ensure that District customers receive a satisfactory water supply by providing adequate water pressure delivery throughout the system.

    Two of the tools that are utilized to accomplish this goal includes pressure boundary zone valves and pressure reducing valves. Zone valves are closed valves which prohibit high pressure areas to migrate to low pressure areas. In many cases a device is needed to supply water on an as needed basis. A pressure reducing valve (PRV) is an optimum application for this need. As demand for water is sensed, the PRV will deliver the needed flow to maintain the water to customers. As demand lessens the PRV reduces flow and prohibits high pressure spikes which can damage customer property.

    Annually, District crews visit and confirm proper operation of all PRV’s throughout the District’s water distribution system. Maintenance includes cleaning filters and regulators on the devices, checking inlet and outlet pressures, and performing any other needed activities.

    If you have any questions regarding Platte Canyon’s PRV maintenance program, please contact Scott Hand, Operations Supervisor at 303-979-2333.