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Southwest Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District is honored to provide water distribution and wastewater collection services to 18,017 residences and businesses in western Arapahoe, eastern Jefferson, and northern Douglas 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

10/24/2014
  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

10/17/2014
  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 Southwest Metropolitan’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

10/10/2014
  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.... Read more

10/3/2014
  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

7/15/2014
  NOTICE OF MEETING: RELATING TO THE INCREASE OF DISTRICT FEES, RATES, TOLLS, PENALTIES OR CHARGES FOR WATER AND SANITARY SEWER SERVICES

NOTICE OF MEETING RELATING TO THE INCREASE OF DISTRICT FEES, RATES, TOLLS, PENALTIES OR CHARGES FOR WATER AND SANITARY SEWER SERVICES SOUTHWEST METROPOLITAN WATER AND SANITATION DISTRICT ARAPAHOE, DOUGLAS AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES, COLORADO NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Southwest Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District(the “District”), Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson Counties, Colorado, will meet on Friday, August 22, 2014 at The District office located at 8739 W. Coal Mine Ave., Littleton, Colorado, 80123 at 8:30 a.m. At such meeting, the Board of the District will consider the increase of District fees, rates, tolls, penalties and/or charges related to water and sanitary sewer services. The Board will also take up such other business as may come before the Board. The meeting is open to the public. This notice is given by order of the Board of the District, and in accordance with Section 32-1-1001(2)(a), C.R.S. /s/ BOARD OF DIRECTORS SOUTHWEST METROPOLITAN WATER AND SANITATION DISTRICT... Read more