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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

5/22/2015
  OUR OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF THE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, our office will be closed May 25th. If you experience an emergency or would like to report an emergency situation during this period, please call our 24-hour emergency notification number at 303-979-2333 and press 5. We will reopen for normal business on May 26th at 8:00 a.m.... Read more

5/15/2015
  KNOW YOUR WATER DEVICE SERIES: HOT WATER HEATER

Most water heaters sold in the United States are tank-type, using either gas or electric heating elements. They are available in various capacities, with most residential water heaters being made in 30, 40 or 50 gallon capacities. Proper maintenance of your water heater will not only extend the life of the appliance, but provide an efficient and problem-free supply of hot water. Here are some maintenance tips for your water heater:... Read more

5/8/2015
  LEAVE WATER BOTTLES BEHIND - TURN TO YOUR TAP

Remember the drinking fountain, that once ubiquitous, and free, source of water? It seems quaint now. Instead, bottled water is everywhere, in offices, gyms, airplanes, stores, homes and restaurants across the country. We consumed almost 12 billion gallons of the stuff in 2014 and that amount is expected to increase by 4.3% this year. It's refreshing, calorie-free, convenient to carry around, tastier than some tap water and a lot healthier than sugary sodas. But more and more, people are questioning whether the water is safe, or at least safer than tap water--and if the convenience is worth the excessive price.... Read more

5/1/2015
  FAQ SERIES: WHAT IS THAT IN MY WATER? COLOR AND SEDIMENT

When the water from your faucet is brown it may be the result of a disturbance in the water main. Even though your water is filtered, over time a very fine layer of iron and sediment can develop on the bottom of the water mains that can be stirred up during routine maintenance or capital construction rehabilitation. While the water is still safe to drink, it isn’t very pleasant to look at. Hydraulic disturbances caused by hydrant use, valve turning, main breaks or adjacent construction can stir up these sediments and cause the water to be brown. Usually the water will clear on its own within a few hours. If your water is brown:... Read more

4/30/2015
  GOVERNOR HICKENLOOPER PROCLAIMS MAY 3RD THROUGH MAY 9TH SAFE DRINKING WATER WEEK IN COLORADO

For more than 35 years the American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in our daily lives. In recognition that water is an essential, yet limited natural resource which may be contaminated naturally and by human activity and in recognition of the professionals who provide safe drinking water in spite of fires, floods, and other every-changing forces to the citizens of Colorado, Gov. Hickenlooper has proclaimed the week of May 3rd through May 9th Safe Drinking Water Week in Colorado.... Read more

4/27/2015
  SUMMER WATERING RULES AND TIPS

Colorado’s snow-packed mountains will fill our reservoirs, but remember that we live in a semiarid climate and must use water wisely. By using only the water you need, you can help minimize impacts to reservoirs during the hottest months of summer when reservoir levels begin to drop. Below you will find watering tips and tools to help you use only what you need. Watering Tips Water during cooler times of day - lawn watering is NOT allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. ... Read more

4/24/2015
  WARM WEATHER IS COMING: DID YOUR SPRINKLER SYSTEM SURVIVE THE WINTER?

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 more