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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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District News Articles
EASY TIPS TO SAVE WATER DURING THE HOLIDAYS
Southwest Metropolitan is offering easy tips to prepare for your holiday meals and parties without running up your water bill. Water impacts everything from food preparation to the clean-up process during the holiday. For example, a typical holiday turkey dinner for eight needs more than 42,000 gallons of water in food growth and preparation, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. That's enough water to fill a 30 foot-by-50 foot swimming pool.... Read more
LEAVING TOWN FOR THE UPCOMING HOLIDAYS? MAKE SURE YOUR HOME IS READY FOR YOUR VACATION
Before you head off to Grandma’s house for the holidays, we recommend the following tips to help prevent unexpected damage from freezing while you’re away. Turn off and drain automatic and manual sprinkler systems: It is surprising how many frantic calls the District receives from customers reporting that their vacationing neighbor’s sprinkler system has ruptured from the freezing and thawing cycle that is common in Colorado during the fall and winter months. Ruptured sprinkler lines can cause damaging flooding into the home’s foundation, neighboring properties and even have been known to create an ice rink on driveways, sidewalks and streets resulting in walking and driving hazards for passersby. To prevent costly property damage and possible law suits, ensure that your sprinkler system is prepared for your time away from home.... Read more
DON’T LET YOUR HOLIDAY MEAL SPOIL YOUR HOLIDAYS
‘Tis the season to enjoy excellent holiday food. For homeowners and sewer utilities alike, however, the holiday season can be a troubling time of year. Potential trouble with household wastewater systems stems from pouring fat, oil and/or grease down the drain when cooking those holiday meals. Cooking oil is the number one cause of sewer line backups in homes, food service businesses, and public sewer systems. Once the grease cools and settles, it adheres to drains and sewer pipes like glue. As deposits buildup and harden, they can potentially create a serious blockage and cause a costly backup or sewer spill. For the homeowner, grease poured down the drain can result in a serious clog and an expensive repair bill that can spoil holiday festivities.... Read more
DISTRICT RECEIVING NUMEROUS CALLS ABOUT HIGH WATER BILLS
The District has been receiving numerous calls from customers reporting that they received higher water bills (sometimes double or triple) than compared to the same time last year. The calls have been so numerous in the Denver Metro area that it prompted 9News to cover this very topic last week on-air (Denver Water explains abnormally higher than normal water bills). In response to this coverage, Denver Water put out a blog article on November 6 titled, Does your water bill seem high? You’re not alone to help explain why District customers are seeing summer-like water bills in the fall.... Read more
FLUSHABLE WIPES ARE NOT
Just as disposable diapers are now considered a necessity for babies, disposable wipes (also known as “wet” wipes, baby wipes, or even adult wipes) have become a staple in every household. Besides being marketed to new parents, special-use wipes are being marketed to women to help them feel "fresh" or to everyone in general “to feel confidently clean” -- thanks a lot, Madison Avenue. We're hooked on the convenience of these pre-moistened squares that are boldly labeled “flushable”. But here's the problem: A lot of them end up down the toilet, and none are flushable no matter what the packaging states. Well, they flush just fine -- but the cloth-like products don't disintegrate the way toilet paper does. That's where it starts to cost local utilities and you money.... Read more
DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTOR CO-AUTHORS ARTICLE ON THE HISTORY OF THE COLUMBINE COMMUNITY
Southwest Metropolitan’s own Charles Hause, a member of the District’s Board of Directors has co-authored an article with Lou Fohn, a member of Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District’s Board of Directors in the most recent edition of Historically Jeffco magazine. Mr. Hause and Mr. Fohn are both life-long residents of the “Columbine community” in which Southwest Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District and its customers reside. The article entitled, Columbine community survives and thrives, gives District residents the history of the Columbine Community from its initial development in 1907 by families who’s descendants still reside here today and covers the community’s significant development milestones to include: the community’s water and infrastructure, the demand for housing during the Cold War and the existence of the Columbine Airport.... Read more